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''' MARY * 






SPRING 1996 



Salting the Kill 1 
The Greatness of Great Books 
._. . In Service to Others 

President's Message 


he essence of my job is to prepare tor 
the future of Mary Baldwin College. 
That entails recognizing the trends and 
the challenges in higher education. As I 
do so, two issues emerge that are of 
paramount importance: competence and 

The higher education system in the 
United States is the finest in the world. 
Over 450,000 international students have 
come to study at the colleges and univer- 
sities here, as I myself came some years 
ago. But the United States stands to lose 
its advantage in the realm of higher edu- 
cation, particularly at the baccalaureate 
level. Because many primary and second- 
ary schools are not what they should be, 
our students are left far behind their peers 
in other countries in math, science, lan- 
guages, history, geography and practically 
every other field. 

When students come to college unpre- 
pared, professors must spend valuable time 
and resources to make up the difference. 
And our colleges and universities have, 
since the '60s and '70s, increasingly 
avoided telling students what they need to 
know and what they need to do. 

But the pendulum is, 1 believe, ready 
to swing back. I sense, as I talk with 
parents and others across the country, 
that people are looking for a renewed 
sense of discipline, more structure, and 
higher standards. Students are bright and 
ambitious; that is not the issue. The issue 
is our willingness as educators to require 
them to reach the level of competence 
they must have to succeed in the future. 

Just as we can no longer count on 
students knowing how to write or having 
basic mathematical understanding, we can 
also no longer count on students under- 
standing their responsibility for honor- 
able behavior. The issue of character is our 
second challenge as educators. 

1 do not mean to suggest that all young 
people are lacking in ethics and stan- 
dards, but to say that the critical mass is 
shifting. The environment in which our 
young people learn is different from the 
one in which many of us grew up, and 
does less to instill in them a sense of 
honor and integrity. 

I have identified the two most serious 
challenges 1 see in education today. So, 
what is to be done? 

First, educators have to reassert their 
roles in prescribing the work to be done 
and the standards to be reached. It is in 
the students' best interests for us to tell 
them that there are certain things they 
need to know and certain skills they 
need to have. It is our responsibility to 
our students, and to our society, to make 
sure they acquire the knowledge and 
develop the habits of mind they need to 
be successful in the careers and avoca- 
tions they choose. 

Second, educators have to regain the 
confidence to work unashamedly to in- 
still self-discipline, moral character, a 
sense of honor, and ethical behavior in 
our students. The days of a college stand- 
ing in loco parentis are gone. But we should 
insist upon teaching ethics, developing 
strong character-building co-curricular 
programs, and maintaining effective 
honor and judicial systems such as we 
have here at Mary Baldwin. 

Individuals can make a difference, 
and, by extension, small colleges can 
make a difference in the world of higher 
education. In fact, I think the exciting 
new developments will increasingly come 
out of small colleges and universities if 
they have an entrepreneurial and cre- 
ative spirit. We are not stultified by too 
large an organizational structure. We can 
come together as a group, become galva- 
nized by the challenges ahead of us, and 
move forward much more quickly than a 
big university can. 

Woodrow Wilson, educator and states- 
man, born in Staunton, VA, said — and 1 
am paraphrasing — "If you give me a 
choice between a person with education 
and a person with character, I'll choose 
the one with character." 

Let's not make it a choice. Let's gradu- 
ate students who have both. 

Cj-Lub i 

Cynthia H. Tyson 


Vol. 9, No. 2 Spring 1996 

Editor: Sarah H. O'Connor 
Art Director; Gretchen Carila 
Assistant Editor: Michelle Hite Martin 

Publications Advisory Board: 
Sara Beth Bearss '82, Sally Armstrong 
Bingley '60, Dr. Brenda Bryant, Dr. Mary 
Gendemalik Cooper, Ann Gordon Abbott 
Evans '65, Jane G. Komegay '83, Dr. James D. 
Lott, Lydia J. Petersson, Shirley Y. Rawley, 
Celeste Rhodes, Dr. Kathleen Stinehart, 
Dr. Heather Wilson 

Associate Editors: 

Kathleen Kenig Byford '68 

Elizabeth Allan Collins '61 

Claire Elizabeth Garrison '91 ADP 

Susan Massie Johnson '67 

Yvonne Pover 

Mary Shilling Shannon '53 

The Mary Baldwin Magazine is published 
twice a year by Mary Baldwin College, 
Office of College Relations, 
Staunton, V A 24401. 
(p) 540-887-7009 (f) 540-887-7360 

Copyright by Mary Baldwin College 
All rights reserved. 

Cover Design: Gretchen Carila 
Pottery by Nan Rothwell '92 ADP. 
See story on page 18. 

Mary Baldwin College does not discriminate 
on the basis of sex (except that men are admit- 
ted only as ADP and graduate students), race, 
national origin, color, age or disability in its 
educational programs, admissions, co-cunicular 
or other activities, and employment practices. 
Inquiries may be directed to Dean of Students, 
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401; 

This publication is printed on recycled paper. 


6 The Greatness of Great Books: 

Teaching Literature at Goochland 
Women's Correctional Facility 

10 In Service to Others 

14 The Adult Degree Program: 

Our Lady of The Second Chance 

18 Salting THE Kiln 


2 Campus News 

3 News Bytes 

22 Alumnae Notes 

26 Chapters in Action 

32 Philanthropy 

Editors Note 

"She is aware of and engaged with the world beyond herself and her immediate 
and professional concerns. She is socially committed." This is one of the "12 
Characteristics of the Well-Educated Person of the Third Millennium" listedin 
the MBC college catalogue. But how does a college teach students to be socially 
aware and committed! 

There is no one simple answer, but certainly example is significant. In this 
issue of The Mary Baldwin Magazine, we showcase some of the ways the Mary 
Baldwin community reaches out . The Goochland Program has been offeringafoot 
up to incarcerated women for six years now . As Roussie Woodruff ' 9 1 points out, 
the Adult Degree Program has been "Our Lady of the Second Chance" for adult 
students since 1 977. And, as you can see in the personal narratives gathered here, 
countless students , faculty , staff and alumnae are deeply involved in making their 
communities better places to live. 

Sarah H. O'Connor 

Campus News 

Bev Smith, Black Entertainment 
Television talk show host 

MBC Celebrates Black History Month 

The year was 1889 and the Civil War was not yet a taded memory. Registered voters of 
the Commonwealth of Virginia elected their first African-American congressman, 
John Mercer Langston, to represent the Old Dominion. 

For many years, interesting facts like this were 
neglected in American history hooks and popular 
culture, which is why Dr. Carter Goodwin Wood- 
son founded the Association for the Study of 
Negro Life and History in 1915. Dr. Woodson is 
rememhered by many as the "father of modern 
black historiography." Equally as important. Dr. 
Woodson is honored as the founder of Black 
History Month. Dr. Woodson spent most ot his 
75 years making known to mainstream America 
the great contributions of black Americans, both 
past and present. 

MBC participated in the natiimal celebration 
of Black History Month in February. Student 
volunteers from MBC's Minority Women in Unity, 
the Black Student Alliance and the Baldwin Pro- 
gram Board joined forces with the MBC food 
service staff and provided a rich variety of educational, entertaining and cuhnary 
events for the celebration. 

The month-long cultural events at Mary Baldwin included free movies, music 
and dance programs, a Soul Food banquet, as well as speaker Bev Smith, host of 
the Black Entertainment 
Television talk show "Our 
Voices." All of MBC's 
Black History Month 
events were free and open 
to the entire community. 
The dance group 
Chihamba presented a 
program of West African 
music, proverbs and dance 
during MBC's annual Cul- 
ture Fest celebration, and 
the Soul Food banquet of- 
fered the MBC commu- 
nity an evening of deli- 
cious food, entertainment 
and fellowship. 

Featured speaker Bev Smith's television and journalism career has spanned 25 
years. She began as Pittsburgh's first consumer affairs investigative reporter in 1971 
with WPXI Television. She also wrote a weekly consumer advice column for The 
Pittsburgh Courier, the nation's oldest African-American newspaper. Her first talk 
show was "Vibration" for KDKA TV. 

Smith has received over 200 accolades, citations and journalistic awards through- 
out her successful career. She garnered the 1990 Radio Air Crystal Award for her live 
radio town meeting, "Children Killing Children Over Drugs." Mayors of Pittsburgh 
and Jacksonville, NC have declared special Bev Smith Days, and the Washington 
Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women 
named Smith as the 1994 Woman of the Year. 

Soul Food Banquet 

7th Carpenter Conference 
Focuses on Women's 
Health Care 

"An Unfinished Revolution: Changes and 
Challenges in Women's Health Care" v/ill 
be the topic for the 7th MBC Carpenter 
Health Care Conference to be held on 
campus on April 29. 

According to Dr. Steven Mosher, 
director of MBC's Carpenter Health Care 
Program, "The health care of women has 
a disturbing history of neglect and bias in 
the U.S. Although remarkable progress 
has been made in recognizing and address- 
ing some of the ignorance and inequities, 
troubling problems still remain. Through 
this conference we hope to not only 
address these issues, but to offer some 
answers and solutions." 

Presenters for this year's conference 
include five professional women with 
successful careers in health care and edu- 
cation: Leslie Laurence, medical journalist 
and syndicated columnist; Dr. Carol 
Wiseman, professor at the Johns Hopkins 
School of Hygiene and Public Health; Dr. 
Eileen Hoffman, author and associate di- 
rector of the Mt. Sinai Women's Health 
Program; Betty Redmond, nurse manager 
at Virginia's Central Shenandoah Health 
District; and Dr. Carrie Douglass, MBC 
assistantprofessor of anthropology. Panel 
discussions with the speakers will cover 
topics ranging from "Medicine's Attitude 
Toward Women" and "Women Centered 
Care" to "Being a Woman in the Male- 
Modeled Health Care System." 

The Carpenter Health Care Confer- 
ence is a one-day multi-disciplinary 
conference sponsored by MBC's Health 
Care Administration and Preparation for 
Ministry Programs, which are both funded 
by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
Foundation. The annual event draws 
capacity crowds to the campus and the 
workshops are attended by health care 
professionals and consumers, adminis- 
trators of health care organizations, 
voluntary health service groups, insur- 
ance professionals, government policy 
makers and employees, and students, 
faculty, and staff. 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Campus News 

United Parcel Service 
Awards Scholarships to 
Two MBC Students 

Two Mary Baldwin students have been 
granted UPS Scholarships through the 
Virginia Foundation of Independent Col- 
leges ( VFIC ) . The VFIC, founded in 1 95 2 , 
secures private-sector financial support of 
undergraduate education for its 15 mem- 
ber independent colleges and universities 
in Virginia. 

Juniors Patricia Foley of Virginia Beach 
and Jennifer Thompson of Oak Hall, VA, 
are two of 18 students given the awards 
this year. Each of the member VFIC col- 
leges received $2,650 in scholarship funds. 
Selection of UPS Scholars was determined 
independently on each campus based on 
academic record and financial need. 

"The UPS Endowment represents the 
largest national corporate example of citi- 
zenship for independent higher educa- 
tion," said Robert A. Spivey, VFIC presi- 
dent. "These dollars make it possible for 
students to afford distinctive independent 
colleges, which are generally smaller, resi- 
dential and undergraduate in nature ." The 
UPS Foundation is the charitable arm of 
United Parcel Service, the world's largest 
package distribution company. 

Patricia Foley is majoring in health care 
administration. She serves as president of 


the j unior class and also received two schol- 
arships from her high school alma mater. 
Princess Anne High School in Virginia 

Jennifer Thompson has not yet de- 
clared a major. She serves as co-chair of 
the Baldwin Boosters, an organization that 
promotes school spirit and assists with the 
college's Admission Overnight Programs. 

Loyalty Fund Scholarship Winners 

This year the ADP Loyalty Fund Scholarship Committee 
awarded five $1,000 scholarships to the following ADP 
students: Judy Blakey, Kathleen Dubovsky, Jewel Grove, 
Jamie Stanfill and Denise Williams. 

To be eligible for a Loyalty Fund scholarship, applicants 
must be degree-seeking students in good standing, have 
completed 15 or more semester hours of graded work in ADP, 
and have a GPA of at least 3.5. Winners are selected because 
of their academic achievements and their service to the 
program, the college, and the community. 


There are several back copies of the MBC yearbook The B/uestock/ng available for purchaseat$l5 
each, plus postage. Copies are available for the years 1958, I960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 
1978, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. If you v/ould like to purchase a back issue of the 
MBC yearbook, please call the MBC Bluestocking Office at 540-887-8504. 

New MBC Scholarship Established 

Louis S. and Harriett Middleton Waldrop 
'48 of Salem.VA, have established a schol- 
arship at Mary Baldwin. Beginning in the 
1996-97 academic year, the Harriett 
Middleton Waldrop Endowed Scholarship 
will be awarded to a student who dem- 
onstrates financial need. The Waldrops 
attached as few strings as possible to the 
scholarship, allowing the funds to be dis- 
tributed at the discretion of the college. 

MBC Magazine Wins PIVA Award 

The November 1 995 issue of The Mary 
Baldwin Magazine won an Award of Ex- 
cellence in the Printing Industry of Vir- 
ginia (PIVA) 1995 state competition. This 
year marked PIVA's 36th year of compe- 
tition, and over 1 ,700 entries were re- 
ceived from 65 Virginia printers. 

Tfie Mary Baldwin Magazine has been 
printed by Good Printers of Bridgewater 
since 1 990. This is the second time PIVA 
has given the The Mary Baldwin Magazine 
an Award of Excellence. 

Phi Beta Kappa Sponsors Lecture 

The MBC Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa pre- 
sented Dr. Henry Abraham from the Uni- 
versity of Virginia as its 1995-96 associ- 
ate lecturer In February, Dr.Abraham vis- 
ited the campus and presented his public 
lecture, "A Bench Happily Filled: Reflec- 
tions on the Nomination and Appoint- 
ments of U.S. Supreme Court Justices." 

Carpenter Health Care Program 
Receives New Scholarship 

Virginia Health Services, Inc. of Newport 
News, Virginia, has established a new schol- 
arship at MBC for Health Care Administra- 
tion majors interested in long-term care 
administration. Each year for the next four 
years, a rising senior will be selected to 
receive the merit-based $ 1 ,000 scholarship. 
The first award will be presented duringthe 
fall 1 996 semester by MBC alumna Wendy 
Klich-Satchell '92, vice president of opera- 
tions for Virginia Health Services. 

New Degree to be Offered 

Mary Baldwin faculty recently voted to es- 
tablish a bachelor of science degree. The 
faculty also approved new majors in music, 
applied mathematics and biochemistry. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1996 

Campus News 

On Wednesday, January 17 , Dr. Virginia Royster Francisco '64, professor of theatre, and her daughter, 
Sarah Ashton Francisco '97, traveled t() the Supreme Court to hear the arguments m United States v. the 
Commonwealth ot Virginia, et al., also known as "the VMl case." Mother and daughter, alumna and 
currerit junior , facidty member and student, the pair had these observations about their experience. 

GINNY: 1 tried to stay away! There's a 
lot to do at Mary Baldwin at the beginning 
of a semester, and this one was behind before 
we opened, delayed three days by the bliz- 
:ard of '96. But 1 had been a member of the 
VWIL Planning Committee, and the day 
before the court date, I knew 1 had to be 
there. And I wanted to be there with my 
daughter, a third-generation Mary Baldwin 
student who embodies the bluestocking spirit 
of independent and creative thinking that 
has characterized Mary Baldwin women 
since, well, since Mary Julia Baldwin. 

I believe that the daring woman spirit 
that moved Mary Julia also brought the col- 
lege to the Supreme Court. It would have 
been very easy for the faculty, staff, and 
student members of the planning committee 
to design a leadership program that imitated 
every feature of VMl, from the rat line to the 
barracks to the uniform. We could have 
skipped the research, omitted the thinking 
about educational issues, and eliminated the 
debate about the construction of the very 
best program we could conceive. But for most 
women, such a program would have been 
unsound educationally and would thus have 
betrayed our more than 1 50 year heritage of 
service to women's education. 

SARAH: We arrived at the court around 
6:45 a.m. to stand in line for tickets at the 
imposing gold front door of the court building. 
With us was a law student who told us the c lerk 
of the court had instructed her to wait there. 

However, by 7:30 we heard rumors of another 
line around the comer of the building. 

At the other side of the building, the 
line was already long. A court policeman 
was handing out numbered cards. Mom 
and I received numbers 45 and 46 and felt 
lucky, since they were only letting 50 people 
into the courtroom that day. We waited in 
line a long two hours. However, my mother, 
never one to come unprepared, had brought 
camp stools, and someone else from the 
college furnished bagels and coffee. So I sat 
down, drank my coffee, ate my bagel, and 
read for my classes. It was pretty strange to 
be sitting outside the Supreme Court read- 
ing Moll Flanders on a blue camp stool in my 
dress coat! 

When we finally made it inside, we were 
required to leave all personal items in a coat 
room: overcoats, bags, umbrellas, everything 
except purses. I was allowed to keep my 
blazer, but not permitted to take it off once 
inside. And no one except the press and 
members of the bar could bring in writing 

GINNY: Writing is essential to my pro- 
cess of listening, a fact which the court's staff 
did not take into account. Ushers even pa- 
trolled the aisles throughout the proceedings, 
preventing note-taking by a professor who 
might just have happened to find writing 
materials in her purse. 

SARAH: The first thing that struck me 
about the courtroom was its size. It was sur- 

prisingly small, but still miposing. Massive 
columns lined the sides of the main aisle and 
seating area. Less important audience mem- 
bers, including us, sat in chairs between and 
behind the columns. Ticket-holding and 
more important audience members sat on 
benches on both sides of the main aisle. 
"Within the bar" was the section reserved 
for certain press members, lawyers, and other 
VIP's. The justices' chairs, nine in all, were 
arrayed behind a curving table, facing the 
courtroom. Behind them was draped a ceil- 
ing-high, dark rose-colored curtain. Because 
the chair backs were so high, and the height 
of the curtain so great, the justices' heads 
looked tiny. 

GINNY: I was pretty impressed by the 
company Mary Baldwin College was keep- 
ing, and proud that our voice was being 
heard in the Supreme Court of the United 
States. I believe one thing with all my heart 
and mind: our program is better for most 
women than a coed VMl would be. It's not 
"separate but equal," especially not in the 
old sense of the civil rights era, in which 
"separate but equal" meant "separate and by 
no means equal." Planned by educators with 
decades of experience in women's educa- 
tion, our program is separate and better. No 
buts. VWIL demands that every student 
learn leadership by leading, in civilian as 
well as in military contexts. 

SARAH: The arguments were heard by 
only eight justices; Justice Clarence Thomas 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College M.^g.-kzine 

Campus News 

had reoiseJ tunnself because he has a son at; 
WQ. Each side was alloared thiror tninutes 
oaliv. and like JustLces were pennaiited eO' mcer- 
nipc ai any moEnenc. The anomey tajm the 
Justice Etepanmanir, EteputrSdlieiEtJirGeiieiial 
Faul Boidler, w^ able m deliver only a few 
senBances cOiis |HLt^aiii©ul aurgiuiiiiteEiit foeiote nite: 
justices began tgrThrtg cjiBesEKHis at btmri- Toe 
Bsues aaoEeseo dunnig Beanoes^s UMise weirec 
soict sciuiiiiif', dbe oonijiaiaEwre ifahies c^"VMI 
and VWIL educaQous, grwCTnrwnneinir sufipoit 
focsn^e-sesedbcaQonijAe^ectiDf Aiscase 
oa pfwaBe siugfe-sex educarioa, ^md VMTs 
aaviQsaiivie EffieoMidl fi^eooicaooflL 

Anjomef Theodoie B. Olson aigaed fax 

As Commonwealdi and VMI. Like Bender,, 
he was. intmdated with questions only sen- 
tences iotO' his prepared aigujHient. In be- 
tween the questions, Olson tried to make 
clear that VWlLs tEoie soppoitive tmethod 
does not iimply that women camnot handle 
the adversative method, and that single-sex 
educationi is a valuable option which should 
be pieserved. 

Pssonalf , I w^ awed bf the pioceediogs. 
Thare was a lo 1 1 did not undeistand, and tfiings 
maoved so ' quickly chat 1 was surprised the attor- 
neys wete able to^ keep their wits about them at 
alL I found the justices' reactions, the ques- 
tions they chose to- ask, and the issues they 

chose to pursue, fascinating. The experience 
was notonly an exciting foray into the highest 
workings of the American justice system, but 
also gave me new insights into the case and the 
varied dynamics it encompasses- 

GINNY: 1 don't know anyone who be- 
lieves that women can't make it at VMI, a 
position which was attributed to us in court 
that day. And no matter what the court 
ultnaaatety decides, I do believe that the VWIL 
progtara provides unparaReled opportunities 
for young women who aspire to leadership, 
opportunities which are worthy of the sup- 
port of the Commonwealth and the court 
precisely because they are unique. 

Twenty Years of Recogmzmg Leadership 

MBC's Omicron Delta Kappa circle 

Exactly 20' years ago, m i91bj Mary Baldwin Coflege became the fiist wotnaa's col- 
lie in die nation to receive a circle of Offlaicron Delta Kappa. That year the college 
inaugurated both its fiist female piesidenc of the 20th century and the Laurel Circle 
of Oniicion Delta Kappa (ODK). 

ODK is a national honor society tiiat lecognizes leadeiship, service and scholar- 
ship. The five lequirements lor individual membership ate exemplary character, re- 
sponsible community and college leadeiship and service, superior scholarship, genu- 
ine fellowship, and devotion to democratic principles. Junio-rs and seniors who rank 
in the upper 35 percent of dieir class are eligible, as well as faculty and administrators 
who have shown outstanding service and achieved high distinction in their fields. 

Omicnm Delta Kapp& recogtiizes leadership in athletics, academics, commtmi- 
cation skills, service activities, and creative and peiforming arts. 

Students named to MBCs Omicron Delta 
Kappa cirde this year include; 


Kristie Lee Bowman of Staunton, VA 

Arlane Caimp of Charlottesville. VA 

Emily E. Hancock of Whispering Pines, NC 

Emily Hope Johnson of Hickory. NC 

Summer King of Lexington, VA 

Carrie Ann Lamy of Virginia Beach, VA 

Lauren Logan ofVirginia Beach, VA 

Diane Marie Lowry of Mechanicsville,VA 

Chrissie MacEwen of Sumter, SC 

Jennifer Anne Pontz of Lancaster, PA 

Lisa D.Tansey of Hanover, MD 

Anna Vazquez of Knoxvflle.TN 

Sandy D.Williams of Newport News.VA 

Kristen Alia Wing of Clifton Forge, VA 


Christine Belledin of Yardley, PA 
Suzanna Fields of Abingdon. VA 
Hizabeth Kime of Vienna, WV 
Katherine Lavin of Pinckney, Ml 
Suzannah Meyer of Williamsburg, VA 
Jennifer Ragan of Pasadena, MD 
Beth Silverman of Richmond, VA 


Rev. Patricia Hunt, cotlege chaplain 

11 SE itbsx Bmbssk CkSsiMS. iih-jsxssB • Spring 1996 

The Greatness 
of Great Books: 

Teaching Literature at Goocliland 
Women's Correctional Facility. 

Bs Dr. Ashton D. Tnce 

The students were clearly not happy as they filed into the classroom. I had anticipated that they would find the 
assignment — the first 25 pages of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, the part told hy a mentally retarded narrator 
— a challenge. 

My opening ploy ot asking it there were any questions met with no response. 1 posed a tew of my own questions, 
which were again met by silence. Finally, one of the students on the back row who was usually quiet in class raised 
her hand, cleared her throat and said, "This is considered a great book?" 

"Yes," I answered. 

She waited a few heartbeats and then said, "Well, give me a list ot other great books so that 1 can avoid them. 
There was laughter. "It doesn't make sense. I can't follow it," she continued. 

Others agreed with her to varying degrees. 

She stood and picked up her hooks as if she were leaving. Then she put her books down and drew in her breath 
with a gasp. "But when Benjie goes down to the fence, waiting for his sister to come home, and you know she never 
will..." Two tears fell from her eyes. "It just broke my heart." 

She sat down and crossed her arms in front of her. "I guess that's why it's a great book," she said, almost angrily. 

"Partially," I said. 


. ost of the students in this class 
dropped out of high school. Other things 
besides books were important to them 
when they were 15 or 16. Now, after 
passing the GED (General Educational 
Development) examinations, they are try- 
ing college work through Mary Baldwin 
College's Goochland Program, and it is 
rough going. This is the sixth year that 
MBC has been offering courses at the 
Virginia Correctional Center for Women 
(VCCW) at Goochland Courthouse, Vir- 
ginia. The program offers 10-16 courses 
per year, supplemented by learning con- 
tracts with individual professors. Sixty- 
eight students are enrolled this year. A 
full-time student can earn a B.A. in psy- 
chology/sociology, with a possible minor 

in communications, in five years. 

Nationwide, we still have a 1 2 percent 
high school drop-out rate. Many of these 
individuals will eventually need access to 
higher education to succeed in lite and to 
support their children, financially and edu- 
cationally. The GED provides a means of 
getting into higher education for those 
without a regular high school diploma. 
Every year nearly 400,000 individuals pass 
the test. Half of them say they are taking 
the examination to pursue college work. 
But when they get to college, most fail. 
More than four out of five drop out within 
a year, usually during the first semester. 
The GED was designed to prepare stu- 
dents for work, not for college. GED prepa- 
ration includes little instruction in writ- 

ing, or algebra or geometry or foreign 
languages or laboratory science. It doesn't 
involve reading of whole texts, like The 
Sound and The Fury. It doesn't teach stu- 
dents how to have classroom discussions. 
During the first four years of the 
Goochland Program, we did well com- 
pared to other programs with high num- 
bers of GED students. More than half of 
the GED holders survived the first semes- 
ter. But I thought we could do better. 
When I became the director of the pro- 
gram, I decided to develop a short course 
on how to read texts and write about 
them. We read The Odyssey, The Red Badge 
of Courage, and a collection of Japanese 
traditional fairy tales. The students wrote 
many short papers, which improved over 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

the semester, and by the end we were 
ha\Tng significant classroom discussions. 

X'ly favorite moment came when a 
student, exasperated over keeping all 
the characters straight in The Odyssey, 
suggested that the translators change 
the names to Bill and Bob and Yvonne 
and Sheila. 

1 said that The Bobbesey didn't sound so 
good to me. 

"Those gods and goddesses," she kept 
on, "it's just a soap opera. It's Uke Jackie 
Collins. 1 don't see why we're reading 
this in college." 

I agreed that it was soap opera, but not 
like Jackie Collins. "This is a soap opera 
which people have liked for almost three 
thousand years." 1 rem^inded her or the 

scene when the poet tells the story of 
Orestes after dinner. I suggested that this 
was the Greeks' Hard Copy. 

"Darrm. I didn't know I was supposed 
to enjoy this." She thought tor a moment 
and said, "Well, I can get into that." (I 
received a note from this student at the 
end of the course saying that she heard 
Homer had written another book, and 
could I get her a copy of it to read over 

hi that class we retained three out of 
four GED students. But I thought we could 
still do better, so we built a three-semester 
sequence of Great Books courses for GED 
students- Great Books courses are not the 

hottest item on the educational horizon 
these days. In higher education many are 
unsure if there are great books, and if there 
are, we are sometimes at a loss to name 
them. When I began to develop the three- 
course sequence, I approached the selec- 
tion of books with a great deal of trepida- 
tion. I knew I wanted the first course to be 
about the ancient and medieval world, 
the second course about contemporary 
America, and the third about how math- 
ematics and science help us understand 
individuals and society. 

I like the metaphor of the journey for 
education, so most of the books I chose 
have the theme of a journey. The thresh- 
old texts for the three courses are The 
Odyssey, HticMebeny Finn, and Watson 
andCrick'sTlieDoMbfeHeKx. Thecapstone 
texts are Macbeth, Toni Morrison's Sida 
and Stephen J. Gould's critique of intelli- 
gence testing. The Mismeasure of Man. 
The journeys in the first course have much 
to do with male-female relationships and 
moral j oumeys, sometimes reUgious, some- 
times secular. In the second course, the 
emphasis is on our collective journeys to 
fashion America out of diverse elements. 
The third course consists of journeys to 
arrive at an understanding of truth through 
the use of logic and the scientific method. 

Not all students will join enthusiasti- 
cally in each of these j oumeys. One woman 
suggested that she probably would hav e 
voted for Socrates' death "just to shut him 
up;" another found Chaucer's "Miller's 
Tale" just an extended dirty joke; and 
many wanted to smack some sense into J. 
Alfred Pnifrock. 

But the great thing about Great Books 
is — well, they're great. They can get to 
you in so many ways: plot, characters, 
ideas, writing. If one item leaves you cold, 
there are others to make you keep on. You 
can want to throw The Sound and die Fitry 
across the lOom in frustration, but then 

! HE M^Y BAiJP^imS COILH^ M^C-^illKt • SfRIS'G 1996 

The Greatness of Greal Books. 

you want to know what happens to Benj le. 
You can he annoyed with Jim's and Huck's 
superstitions, but when they rise to the 
heights of heroism, you are seduced by the 
plot. You can be disdainful of Penelope's 
and Prufrock's passivity but be dazzled at 
the beauty of the writing. 

What is Mary Baldwin College doing 
in the business of educating drop-outs? 
Aren't we, through programs like the Pro- 
gram for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), 
the Virginia Women's Institute for Lead- 
ership ( VWIL), and the Masters of Arts in 
Teaching (MAT), aiming for a more pres- 
tigious student body? 

Recently, I was at a conference at 
Mount Holyoke College on the effec- 
tiveness of women's colleges. In presen- 
tation after presentation the difference 
between women's colleges and coed col- 
leges was expounded upon. Several speak- 
ers talked about it in terms of inclusion. 
The speaker who best put this in perspec- 
tive was Elizabeth Tidball, who has been 
researching the exceptional effectiveness 
of women's colleges for 25 years. She said 
that coeducational colleges stake their 
reputations on high admissions standards, 
focusing on the beginning point of the 
college experience. Women's colleges 
stake their reputations on the end point, 
the quality of graduates. Women's col- 
leges are willing to take chances on "stu- 
dents of promise," to use a phrase that 
Mary Julia Baldwin often used. And if a 
group of students are not completely pre- 
pared for college, we offer them means of 
catching up early in their education. But 
we also see to it that the end of their 
program of study, they have not only 
caught up, but have excelled. 

The women in this course are incar- 
cerated for every reason imaginable: about 
a fourth are there for violent crimes, more 
than a fourth for financial crimes, and 
almost half are there for drug related crimes. 
We don't consider their offenses when we 
admit them to the Mary Baldwin Pro- 
gram: we look for "students of promise." 

This fall there were 49 women in the 
program, and these women have 128 

schiiol-aged children. Nationally, one out 
of 80 children in public schools has an 
incarcerated parent. Such children are six 
times more likely to run afoul of the law 
than other children. As a developmental 
psychologist, I am focused on those chil- 
dren. I want to find out whether, if mom 
completes her GED and then completes 
two or three semesters of college work, 
these kids have brighter futures. 

We already know that almost all of the 
women who have been in the Mary Bald- 
win Program end up getting custody of 
their children. Ninety percent stay out of 
trouble for at least three years after leaving 
prison. Two-thirds continue their higher 
education on the outside. Five women in 
the program have earned bachelor's de- 
grees after leaving prison, five have earned 
associate's degrees. Last spring three 
Goochland students were on the Dean's 
List and were inducted into honor societ- 
ies. Two former students in the program 
are now in graduate school. 

The Crime Bill of 1994 ended direct 
federal funding of prison programs. Un- 
like most other college prison programs, 
which have folded their tents, the Mary 
Baldwin Program continues with grants 
from the Presbyterian Women's Thank 
Offering and the American Bar Asso- 
ciation. In addition, the Great Books 
courses will continue to be offered and 
evaluated through a grant from the Fund 
for the Improvement of Post-Secondary 
Education (FIPSE) from the U.S. De- 
partment of Education. The FIPSE funds 
will also allow us to offer these courses 
on the Staunton campus for college per- 
sonnel and local residents with GEDs 
who want to make the transition to 
liberal arts colleges. 

Another thing about Great Books . . . 

One day last spring 1 was going through 
the security check on entering the prison 
when one of the guards walked up to me 
and asked me if I was the Mary Baldwin 
teacher. I admitted I was. 

"You know, your students got together 
last night in the TV room and were read- 
ing a story out loud. They wouldn't let the 
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Introduction to the 

Liberal Arts I: The Ancient and 

Medieval World 

• The Odyssey 

• Plato's dialogues on the 
death of Socrates 

• The Bible (Ruth and Job) 

• Sei Shounagon's Pillow Book 

• Kamo no Choumei's 

• The Canterbury Tales 

• Macbeth 

Introduction to the 
Liberal Arts II: Modern 
American Voices 

• Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn 

• Toni Morrison's Sula 

• Speeches by 

Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, 
and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

• Poems by 

Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, 
and Gwendolyn Brooks 

• Stories by 
Flannery O'Conner 

("A Good Man is Hard to 
Find," "Parker's Back"), Lee 
Smith ("Mom," "Me and My 
Baby View the Eclipse"), 
Alice Walker ("1995." 

Introduction to the Liberal 
Arts III: Quantitative and 
Scientific Understandings 

• Flatland, by Edwin Abbott 

• Euclid's Elements 

• The Double Helix, 

by James D. Watson 

• The Mismeasure of Man, 
by Stephen Jay Gould 


m [OZ. 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College M.^gazjne 

Campus News 



FacL'Lti' Emeriti 

Associate Professor of History- Dr. Mary 
Hill Cole has completed four years of 
research at the Folger Shakespeare Li- 
brary' in Washington, DC, and one month 
of research at the British Library to write 
the rough draft of a book on Elizabethan 
progresses. She is currently revising the 
manuscript for submission to a publisher. 

Assistant Professor of Art Dr. Sally James 
spoke to the Heritage Foundation Auxil- 
iary in November at the Norfolk, VA, 
Chr>'sler Museum. Her presentation was 
titled "Signorelli's Apocahptic Frescoes 
at Orvieto." She also attended the na- 
tional meeting of the College Art Asso- 
ciation in February' and presented her 
paper,"Signorelli's Revelatory Fresco 
Cycle at Or\'ieto." 

Associate Professor of Education Dr. Jim 
McCrory published his article "ADHD: 
Instructional Strategies that Work," which 
was coauthored by Soleil Gregg. The ar- 
ticle appeared in The Link, a journal pub- 
lished by the Appalachian Educational 
Laboratory and distributed to all K-12 
schools in four states. 

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Roderic Owen 
presented his paper "College Student De- 
velopment: What Can We Learn from 
The Character Education Movement of 
the 1990s?" at the Annual Institute on 
College Student Values in Tallahassee, 
FL, in February-. 

Assistant Professor of Art Paul Ryan pub- 
lished a critical review of "Repicturing 
Abstraction" in the November/December 
issue of Art Papers. His recent works were 
included in a juried regional exhibition at 
James Madison Universit^^'s Sawhill Gal- 
lery, and in a solo exhibit at the Hartell 
Gallery- in Cornell Universit^-'s College of 
Architecture, Art and Planning. 

ADP Assistant Professor of Business Dan 
Dowdy chaired a session on "Demonstra- 
tion of Distance Learning" at the recent 
annual meeting of the Association for 
Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 
in Kansas City. 

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Rob- 
ert Grotjohn and MBC English faculty 
members Molly Petty, Rick Plant and 
Dr. Joe Garrison attended the Spilman 
Symposium on Issues in Teaching Writ- 
ing at Virginia Military Institute in No- 
vember. Also in November, Dr. Grotjohn 
attended the Virginia Consortium for 
Asian Studies Conference on Images of 
Asian Women at Old Dominion Univer- 
sity'. While there, he presented his paper 
"Consumable History in Sara Suleri's 
'Meatless Days and Meena Alexander's 
Fault Lines." He also presented his paper 
at the Southeast Conference of the Asso- 
ciation of Asian Studies meeting in Knox- 
ville, TN, in Januarv'. 

Dr. Steven Mosher, director of MBC's 
Health Care Administration Program, 
ser\-ed as chair and discussant of a panel of 
speakers at the biennial meeting of the 
Association of Canadian Studies in the 
United States. The panel discussed 
"Health Care Politics in Canada and the 
United States" during the meeting, which 
was held in Seattle, WA, in November. 

Associate Dean for the .Adult Degree Pro- 
gram Dr. Kathleen Stinehart attended 
the Distance Learning Conference otNew 
York's New School for Social Research in 
November to learn about their system of 
teaching liberal arts courses to off-campus 
adult students via computer. 

Dr. Fletcher Collins, professor emeritus 
of theatre, presented MBC's Elizabeth 
Nottingham Day Lecture in October. Dr. 
Collins is active in Theatre Wagon and 
the Oak Grove Theatre. He recently had 
an article, "The Sheep of His Hand," 
accepted for publication in The Living 
Church, and is preparing to research Greek 
folksong in an effort to discover the music 
used in ancient Greek music dramas. 

Professor Emerita of History' Dr. Patricia 
Menk is ser\'ing on the Mar>- Baldwin 
College Self-Study Committee, which is 
formed to evaluate the college before its 
reaccreditation from the Southern Asso- 
ciation of Colleges and Schools. She is 
also active in the Covenant Presbyterian 
Church in Staunton. This summer and 
fall. Dr. Menk attended an Elderhostel in 
Arizona, visited Marco Island in Florida, 
attended the Spoleto Festival in Charles- 
ton, SC, and visited with family in New 
Hampshire, Sandbridge Beach, VA, and 
Bermuda. Dr. Menk says she visits with 
many alumnae and faculty emeriti and 
attends as many MBC cultural events as 
she can. 

Associate Professor Emerita of Economics 
Lillian Rudeseal lives in Gainesville, GA. 
She is a member of Vintagers, a group for 
50-plus-year-olds in her 2,000-member 
church in Gainesville. Ms. Rudeseal is 
also active in one of her church's Bible 
study groups and enj oys the cultural events 
in and around Gainesville. 

Professor Emerita of English Dr. Ethel 
Smeak says, "In my first year of retire- 
ment, 1 have become a student again, and 
1 love it." Dr. Smeak is studying beginning 
German and Italian Renaissance art. She 
will travel with MBC's May Term class to 
study art in Italy with MBC Assistant 
Professor of Art Dr. Sally James. 

The M.^ry Baldwin Cooege Magazin-e • Spring 1996 

Mary Baldwin alumnae, faculty, students and staff reach out to their 
communities in many ways . Here are some of their personal accounts 
of what they do and why they do it. 

my little sister. And that has been the 
status lit the relationship until this sum- 
mer, when Steffani celebrated her 16th 
birthday, and we decided that from now 
on, we would introduce each other as 
Stetfani and 1 discussed what to put 
in this article. She nominated as 
"most creative" our project of mak- 
ing a doll house out of a computer 
box, decorated with the help of 
discontinued wallpaper books. 
(Steffani kept the doll house up 
Lintil last year, to my amazement.) 
Our last artistic project involved 
silk scarf painting, and Steffani's 
1 scarf turned out much better 
than mine. (She disagrees.) In 
the course of this same discus- 
sion, we also came to the real- 
ization that, like "Cathy" in 
the comic strips, we have got- 
ten into a rut of going shopping 
and then eating; our New Year's resolu- 
tion is to get back to some of our more 
physical activities, like roller skating. 

For me, one of the side benefits of being 
a Big Sister has been having an excuse to do 
kids' stuff. Do you know how much fun 
water slides are? Steffani says that she likes 
talking to someone who appreciates her 
opinions in grown-up talk. 1 accept this as 
a great compliment, because Steffani is a 

£)/•. biatxe Gaiiiere 

Coordinator, ADP center at BRCC 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Staunton 

As commendable as it is, volunteerism 
does not fit into every time ot life. But — 
about eight years ago, when 1 was bemoan- 
ing the fact that 1 did not have children, young woman whose opinion 1 value. I am 
my friend Ruth said, "If you continue to glad to have had the opportunity to be a 
feel the need for children in your life, supportive part of her life. 
there are ways that you could arrange it." There are people whom fate deals 
The underside of that response was, "Do deep, hard blows, and there may be times 
something and quit talking about it." At in our lives when we, too, will need 
about the same time, 1 saw an ad in the help. If you are considering volunteer- 
newspaper with a picture of a six-year-old ing, pick an activity that you will find 
boy who "liked his cat Homer, liked to rewarding, because nothing in this world 
ride his bike, and would like a Big Brother." is without its efforts. 
That child, Isaiah, was, in fact, the younger Do you remember the ad about Isaiah ? 
brother of Steffani Renard, who became Well, he did get a Big Brother, but local 


Spring 1996 • The M.^RY Baldwin College Magazine 

organizations no longer run those kinds ot 
ads, because the responses eUcited from 
boys who need Big Brothers outnumber 10 
to 1 the responses from volunteers. In the 
communities of Staunton and Wa\Tiesboro 
over 100 boys and girls are on the waiting 
list. Interested? 

Joanne ^I. lieich '88 

Residential Manager, Omega House 
United Methodist Church 

In the past seven years I have talked, 
worked and lived with people who for one 
reason or another, were marginalized by 
our society. Two years ago, I became a 
deaconess in the United Methodist 
Church working as the facility' and resi- 
dent ser\-ices manager of an eight-bed 
residential AIDS hospice called Omega 
House in Houston, TX. Persons are ad- 
mitted to Omega House regardless of their 
ability to pay. Mostly our residents come 
from the county or Veterans Administra- 
tion hospital systems. All have gone 
through an incredible struggle, and many 
have already suftered considerable losses 
before entering Omega House. 

Many people think that my job would 
be depressing, but what people don't realize 
is that, although our patients have a short- 
term prognosis when they come in the 
door, our goal is to provide a high quality- of 
life for the time that they have remaining. 
Besides offering good food, comfort, care, 
24-hour nursing, and spiritual and emo- 
tional support to residents and their loved 
ones. Omega House also works with art 
therapists, pet visitation programs, musi- 
cians and massage therapists. 

The HIY virus does not discriminate. 
At Omega House, we have seen the many 
faces of AIDS. Our residents are men and 
women, old and young adults, parents, 
grandparents, sons, daughters and friends. 
I am fortunate to work with a committed 
group of co-workers who are dedicated to 
providing a loving place where people can 
live out the rest of their lives with as much 
dignity and respect as possible. 

The motivation for my life choices is 

my firm belief in God. He nurtured, healed, 
lived with, loved and became part of a 
community of those in societs- usually 
abandoned, misunderstood, and in some 
areas, treated violently. I pray that there 
will be a day when all will reach out to 
those in need and not turn away out of 
ignorance, fear or personal difr'erences. 

Michellejiite Maitin 

MBC College Relations 
Craigsville Fire Department and 
Rescue Squad, Craigsville Town 
Council, Library' 

I can vividly remember the delicious sweet 
potato pie, and I can still feel the warmth of 
Miss Rosie Johnson's kitchen. I remember 
these things well, because I visited Miss 
Rosie many times with my Grandpa Hite, 
who was the only electrician in town when 
1 was a child. I remember Miss Rosie once 
telling Grandpa that she couldn't pay him 
for his services right then. He rubbed his 
belly and took the lastbite of his slice of pie; 
then he gave Miss Rosie a wink, took her 
invoice and marked it — paid. 

I was raised by two giving and caring 
grandparents, who never once told me, 
"Michelle, you need to grow up and be a 
volunteer and treat others well." I learned 
that lesson from my grandparents' daily 
actions — like accepting a slice of pie, 
bushel of apples or garden vegetables as 

payment for electrical services. 

During my ser\'ice on the Craigsville 
Town Council, I've established a recre- 
ation committee that sponsors open gym 
nights for area youth. NX^ile volunteering 
at the Craigsville Library', I have taught 
both six-year-olds and 60-year-olds how 
to use a computer. All of this has made me 
a better person. 

When I'm helping take care of a town 
neighbor in the back 
of an ambulance, and 
he or she looks up at 
me and says, "Michelle, 
you sure remind me of 
your grandfather," I 
know I'm doing well. 
Grandpa always used to 
tell me, "If God is in your 
heart, then tell your face. 
.\ smile makes this world 
better." He was right. The 
simple act of serving oth- 
ers with a smile makes my 
world a better place. 

The first time I jumped 
in a rescue vehicle, my old 
friend Gump Shiflett taught 
me how to drive patiently and 
cautiously. He was a 35-year member of 
the fire department and 15-year veteran 
squad driver. He taught me ever^'thing 
about an ambulance, from using the 
siren, to backing the wide boxy unit into 
a tiny driveway. 

During my third year with the squad, 
my friend taught me the true meaning of 
giving. He had just returned from a pedi- 
atric emergency call, and he collapsed in 
the squad building. We were having a 
farewell dinner for our chaplain, who was 
moving, so all the squad members were 
there. I would have gladly given my last 
breath to save Gump, but his heart gave 
out on the 45-mile trip to the hospital. 

I had to be at work the next day to finish 
a project. As I t^-ped at my computer, I cried 
and got mad eind vowed I'd never run 
another squad call. Then my heart re- 
membered Gump and Grandpa, and I 
vowed to do everything I could to make 
my small part of the world a better place. 

The \L^v B.-vlduin College ^L\G.^™NE • Speung 1996 


In Service to Others... 

Greer .^N. -Seahrook '.9.9 
Booker T. Washington After-School 
Tutoring Program 
MBC Carpenter Ministry Program 

One of the most important decisions 
I made as a freshman this year was 
the decision to volunteer with the 
Booker T. Washington After-School 
Program, sponsored by Mary Bald- 
win College. Tutoring in the program 
has been one of the most exciting ex- 
periences I have had in college. All 
the students we tutor are exceptional, 
and they have given me much more 
that I have given them. 

Freshmen Faith Andrews, Torski Dob- 
son and I were selected to receive the 
1995-96 Carpenter Ministry Award for 
our successful application of an enhance- 
ment project for the Booker T. Washing- 
ton Tutoring Center. We plan to use the 
stipend to redecorate, paint and better 
equip the center. Now I know that the 
children will receive all that they truly 
deserve and will have a stable educational 
environment to study in after school. We 
also plan to sponsor a book drive to begin 
a small library at the tutoring center. 

I think it is important for all MBC 
students and everyone to volunteer. But 
volunteering should not he about fulfill- 
ing a class requirement or enhancing 
one's resume. Volunteering is more im- 
portant than simply providing a service. 
It is about compassion, understanding 
and giving. 

(Polly^^nn MisI} Bundij '44 

Three Trees Farm 

After my husband was granted an early 
retirement from the U.S. Army in 1 966, we 
were able to bring to fruition our younger 
daughter's dream to be thoroughly involved 
with horses. We bought a farm that had 
been terribly abused, and we allowed it to 
remain fallow for one year. Heresy to our 
neighbors! But our first step had to be 

stopping the active erosion of our land. 
For many years we've utilized the con- 
servation methods in Rachel Carson's 
book Silent Spring, which mentions work 
by former MBC biology professor Dr. 
John Mehner. 

We have not planted trees or created 
wetlands on our farm to win awards. We've 
continued our conservation efforts to see 
our farm become healed and productive. 
An added bonus is that it has become a 
haven for wildlife. Many of our neighbors 
have adopted the conservation practices 
that worked for us. Since we are on the 
headwaters of the James River, we've also 
tried to help clean up the pollution of this 
most historic of our local rivers. 

1 was blessed with parents who thor- 
oughly understood the importance of con- 
servation. I was also blessed to have been 
taught by great biology teachers, includ- 
ing Dr. Lillian Thompson and Dr. John 
Mehner at Mary Baldwin College. Their 
seeds planted in me sprouted into the 
knowledge of the importance of conserva- 
tion efforts, and I have passed those ideas 
on to my grandsons. 

Melissa P. Sord, '.9.9 PeC 

American Diabetes Association 
Mary Washington Hospital 
Kenmore Mansion 

I volunteer for the American Diabetes 
Association for a very personal reason. 1 
was diagnosed with Type I (juvenile or 
insulin-dependent) diabetes in March 

of 1994. Since then, I have 
passionately supported the 
diabetes research funded by 
the ADA. 

One time when I was 
traveling alone on a train, 1 
started feeling the symptoms 
of low blood sugar. I decided to 
wait in the snack bar line, to 
find suitable food. When I be- 
gan feeling worse, I turned to 
the man behind me and ex- 
plained that I needed to go to my 
seat for a glucose tablet. As I asked him 
to hold my place in line, he smiled, 
pulled a package of glucose tabs from his 
pocket and handed me a few. 

After my chance encounter, 1 real- 
ized how tightly connected the diabetes 
community is and the truth behind the 
idea that every person knows someone 
with diabetes. In the United States 14 
million people have either Type I or 
Type 11 (adult-onset) diabetes, and only 
half of them are diagnosed and receiv- 
ing treatment. I hope that by reaching 
out to those who have diabetes and their 
families and friends, 1 can help change 
that statistic. 

In trying to help all people affected 
by health problems, not only those 
with diabetes, 1 served as a junior vol- 
unteer at Mary Washington Hospital 
in Fredricksburg last summer. While 
there, I learned a great deal, especially 
about how to deal with patients and 
their families. 

For two years 1 have also volunteered 
at Kenmore Mansion, the home of George 
Washington's sister and her husband. As 
an archaeological assistant there, I have 
learned about 18th and 19th century life 
on a plantation, as well as modern meth- 
ods of unearthing and preserving arti- 
facts. I have also had a lot of fun. 

Through my work with ADA, Mary 
Washington Hospital and Kenmore Man- 
sion, 1 have discovered the joy of helping 
others, and I will continue volunteering 
because I realize how much we all can 
contribute by giving our time to others. 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

CAMPLfs News 

Tm.Mjws'BMimmCavuBGE.MMixmm • SiFBjNial996 


The Adult Degree Program: 

Our Lady of the 
Second Chance 

by Roussie Woodruff 9 1 ADP 


J[_rivately I have always thought ot Mary Baldwin's 

Adult Degree Program as "Our Lady of the Second 
Chance." I dropped out of Antioch College in the 
'60s to hang out inNew York with musicians and 
painters and study the cello with a member of 
the New York Philharmonic (despite his pa- 
tient instruction, 1 was not very good). 1 married 
a rock bassist 
and we moved to 
San Francisco, 
where we were 
hippies and I 
played jazz cello. 
After tum- 
bling along many 
exotic and stony 
paths, I wound up 
in Staunton, VA. 
Having just in- 
herited a small hit 
of money and 
having always 
wanted to com- 
plete the educa- 
tion I'd started so 
many years ear- 
lier and having 
learned of the 
Adult Degree 

Program from the realtor who sold me my house, I 
decided all paths had merged into one level road. 1 
plunged joyfully into my second chance and during 
my three-and-a-half years at MBC did astoundingly 
well. My degree and my graduating summa cum 
laude, with distinction in my major and member- 
ship in Phi Beta Kappa (I say this not to boast but 

Roussie Woodruff'9 1 ADP 

to demonstrate the extent ot my redemption), con- 
vinced me 1 could no longer call myself stupid, an 
epithet that had run roughshod through my brain 
my whole life. 

My gratitude to Mary Baldwin for devising this 
excellent program is so great that I now work for 
ADP. Although my history may be more offbeat 
than most, my sur- 
prise at my own 
abilities and my 
intense gratitude 
are common to 
many ot the 
program's 1,000 
graduates. Many 
of us have a desire 
to serve the col- 
lege. We have 
been given a fresh 
start and gone on 
to accomplish 
more than we ever 
hoped, and we 
mark our turning 
point at the en- 
trance to Our 
Lady of the Sec- 
ond Chance. 
Dr. Virginia 
Lester, president of MBC from 1977 to 1985, may 
have also envisioned the Adult Degree Program as 
a place for second chances. She proposed the pro- 
gram to appeal to former MBC students who never 
graduated. The scope was enlarged to include all 
interested adult women, and the program quickly 
opened its doors to men as well. 


Spring 1996 • The M.^rv Baldwin College Magazine 

Today, 19 years later, ADP has over 
1,200 enrolled students, 15 tacult\- advi- 
sors and nine staft members at five loca- 
tions: Charlottesville, Richmond, 
Roanoke, Weyers Cave and Staunton. As 
the program has grown, it has become 
more efficient; but the focus, as it was 
when the program was first instituted, 
remains on ser\'ing individual ADP stu- 
dents so they may receive all that the 
college has to offer and move on to the 
next phase of their lives. 

Eliiabeth (Betsy) Cummins EXidley 'S4 
was powerfully determined to get her de- 
gree. "I was divorced," she said, "had two 
kids, three animals, and no child support." 
She needed a higher paying job, but she 
could not get one without a degree. .After 
she enrolled in the Adult Degree Pro- 
gram, she worked fiiU time and went to 
college full time. "I was driven to get 
through," she said. "1 believed if you had 
good grades and were accomplished, you 
could do anything." The second ADP 
grad to ser\-e on the Alumnae Board, Betsy 
Dudley today is director of marketing for 
the Richmond firm of Lowe, 

ADP faculty and staff 

Brockenbrough and Tattersall, an invest- 
ment management company. She appre- 
ciates MBC's recognition that women need 
an educational vehicle like the Adult 
Degree Program. "I feel it's made my life," 
she said. "I'm a much better person for 
having gone through the experience." 

Another graduate, Ellen Urano 
Silverman, attended MBC through the 
Roanoke office from 1986 to 1988. She 
remembers the ADP on-campus orienta- 

Dr. Katnjeen Stinenarx. associate 
dean for the Adult Degree Program 

tion when she stayed at the Belle Grae Inn 
and shared with other orientees the sense 
of "all being lost together." Recently ap- 
proved as an ADP adjunct protessor. Dr. 
Silverman went on from MBC to get her 
master's degree in experimental psychol- 
ogy from HoUins College and her doctor- 
ate from Vfrginia Polytechnic. In 1992, 
she spent a year in Hong Kong as a 
Fulbright scholar studying that colony's 
method of AIDS education and preven- 
tion. Anticipating teaching her first .ADP 
class, she said, "I am so excited. I love to 
teach, and why not teach where I can 
make a positive difference f 

Rich Mathews '95, an ADP student 
from Roanoke who, like me, considered 
college "untinished business," wTOte an 
enthusiastic account of his ADP educa- 
tion in the AsheiiUe Ciazen-Times. A his- 
tory major, he stressed that graduate 
schools look favorably on ADP graduates. 
"I was accepted," he wTOie, "by four out of 
the five business schools and all of the 
three public policy/urban planning schools 
to which I applied." Those schools in- 
cluded Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Yale 
School of Management and Hansard's JFK 
School of Government. He chose Hanard. 

Sandra Mottner graduated the same 
year I did, 1991. She studied through the 
Richmond office. After graduation she 
went on to William and Mary's Executive 
MBA program. Ofher experience at ADP, 

she said, "I didn't expect to learn as much 
as I did or to meet people I'd still be in 
contact with." She is now an ADP adjunct 
faculty member, teaching business courses 
in Richmond. "The students are smart," 
she said. "They keep me on my toes." 

Dr. Kathleen Stinehart, associate dean 
for the ADP since 1994, is excited about 
the changes that have occurred in the 
program since its rounding. She cites a 
long list of improvements (many recom- 
mended by ADP students) that includes 
ADP tutors being awarded adjunct status, 
which makes their courses applicable to- 
ward Latin honors; a greater number of 
course offerir^ and more regional tutori- 
als; four regional centers; the zADP Loy- 
alty Fund, a scholarship fund for ADP 
students; and ADP representation on 
MBC's Executive Staft, the Alumnae 
Board and the Board of Trustees. Dr. 
Stinehart says, "The relationship between 
the college and the Adult Degree Program 
has made a quantum leap forward. ADP 
has a greater voice and is more clearly 
understood by both administration and 
residential faculty." 

She wants ADP to leap even farther 
forward in three other areas. "We are explor- 
ing opportunities," she says, "to work clceely 
with business and industry. Most students 
are back in school tor work-related reasons, 
and their employers support their education 
iinanc iaUy and in other ways." In Richmond, 
for example, ChemTreat pro\"ides space for 

King Building - ADP office, main campus 

The Mary Baldwin College Macazine • Shung 19% 


an ADP instructor to teach Introduction 
to Statistics to several ChemTreat em- 
ployees. In addition, ChemTreat has 
generously agreed to fund e-mail for the 
Richmond Regional Center so ChemTreat 
employees can communicate with their 

Second, Dr. Stinehart talks about "le- 
veraging technology" to the advantage of 
ADP students. In 1995, three courses with 
high visual content (an accounting course 
and two design courses) were videotaped 
for ADP students' use. Two more video 
courses are planned for next year. In the 
area of computer conferencing, she hopes, 
since the college already has the infrastruc- 
ture for independent tutorials, to be able to 
move the half step from doing a course on 
paper to doing it on computer. 

The third area is alumni development. 
"MBC," Dr. Stinehart says, "has a rich 
resource in its ADP alumni. There is the 
potential for alumni to be of assistance to 
those students still in the pipeline. Also, we 
need their input to continue improving the 
program." She is pleased at the 53 percent 
increase in contributions to the ADP Loy- 
alty Fund, which is only a few years old. 
"Graduates," she says, "regard the ADP as 

ThankstoMary Baldwin and the Adult could have returned to college and still 

Degree Program, this graduate and many supported ourselves and raised our chil- 

others like me, regard ourselves as viable — dren. Here at ADP we feel great satisfac- 

more capable of living successful and full tion in being able to offer second chances 

lives. For most of us, ADP was the second to those students who are eager and moti- 

chance we needed — the only way we vated to work Kir them. 

Student Input Results in Positive Changes 

Although men have been in the program since 1977, m 1981 <in ADP male senior received a letter 
from the dean of students reminding him to wear a slip under his grailuarion gown. Since then, the 
college and the Adult Degree Program have improved their coinmunications. The Adult Degree 
Program has made other changes, too, in response to student requests: 

■ ADP off-campus tutors were made ADP adjuncts; their courses now qualify for Latin honors 

■ In addition to the Staunton campus, ADP now has offices at Piedmont Virginia Community 
College in Charlottesville (1985), at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave (1993), in 
Richmond ( 1 982 ) and in Roanoke ( 1 98 3 ) . 

■ The four-page green, yellow and hlue learning contracts have been replaced hy a single-page 
registration form. 

■ Twice a year ADP publishes a list of more than 300 tutorials available from on-campus faculty and 
adjuncts. Regional offices offer night and Saturday classes. 

■ Current syllabi are kept on file in the regions and in the Staunton office; this reduces the need 
for students to contact instructors and instaictors to mail syllabi out. 

I A minimum of three face-to-face, telephone, or e-mail conversations between student and 
instructor is required for each individual tutorial. 

■ TheADPLoyaltyFundoffers$I,OOOscholarshipstoADPstudentsonly.Intwoyears, 11 students 
have received this award, which is based on academic achievement and service. 

■ ADP Summer Week, founded in the mid-'80s, offers ADP students the opportunity to spend an 
intensive study week on campus and to meet other ADP students. 

Environmental Issues Focus of 
V6 Humphreys Lecture 

■d University and her master's 

Sara J. Nicholas, director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's 
Wetlands and Private Lands Initiative, presented the 1996 Humphreys Biology 
Lecture on March 21 on campus. During her lecture Ms. Nicholas spoke on 
various east coast wetlands projects. 

Sara Nicholas has served with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 
since 1993, beginning as the assistant director of the foundation's North 
American Wetlands Partnership. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Harv; 
degree from the Yale Graduate School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

Ms. Nicholas has also served with the Environmental Law Institute and the United States Environmental Protection 
Agency as a senior research associate and environmental policy director, respectively. She was awarded an environmental 
policy study fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has worked as a staff writer for newspapers 
in Tampa, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Worcester, MA. 

The Mary E. Humphreys Lectures series was established in 1992 to bring prominent scientists to the Mary Baldwin 
campus to present public lectures. The series is sponsored by friends and former students of Dr. Mary Humphreys. Dr. 
Humphreys served on the biology faculty at MBC for 25 years, from 1943 to 1968. 


Spring 1996 • The Mary B.^ldwin College Magazine 

Nominations Invited 

All alumnae and friends of Mary Baldwin College are invited to submit nominations for the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors, as well as for the Associations top awards. Submissions will be considered by 
the Nominating Committee of the Alumnae Board. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

The new class of Board members-at-large will begin their terms of office in July 1997, and awards will be 
presented during Homecoming 1 997. All graduates and former students of Mary Baldwin College and Mary 
Baldwin Seminary, regardless of race , creed, or sex, are considered alumnae in good standing and are eligible to 
receive Alumnae Awards and to serve on the Board of Directors . 

Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award 

This award was established in 1991 by the Admissions Committee of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors to recognize 
excellence in admissions recruitment activities. Recipients of the award do not have to be alumnae of Mary Baldwin College. This 
prestigious award is presented at the Admissions Appreciation Luncheon during Spring Leadership Conference each year. 

Nominations for the award are due by July 1, 1996 for consideration for the following Fall Leadership Conference. 

Service to the Admissions Office: 

Leadership in other college'related activities: 





attends college fairs 
hosts/attends admissions receptions 
calls accepted applicants 
brings students to campus 
presents scholarship certificates 
at high school awards programs 

fundraising in local communities 
chapter officer 
other sen,-ice to MBC 


In recognition of excellence in service and accomplishments in admissions recruiting activities, I nominate the following person for 
the Admissions Volunteer Excellence Award. 



Student Name, if different: 

Address: - 



Activities and Achievements: 

Honors Received:. 

1 believe the nominee is worthy of this award because: 
(Attach additional information if needed) 

Submitted by: . 

Daytime Phone: 

Send nominaxions to: 

Mary Beddwin College Office of Alumnae Activities, Staunton, Virginia 24401 
by July 1, 1996 to be considered for the following Fall or fax to (540) 885-9503. 


Nomination Criteria for Alumnae Awards 

The recipients of all these awards shall he nominated by Mary Baldwin alumnae. No more than two awards in each category will he given each 
year, with the exception of the Emily Smith Medallion, for which there is no such restriction. 

Emily Smith Medallion 

Mary Baldwin alumnae have performed outstanding service in many areas of American life. Some have received public acclaim; others who 
have served just as fully have not been recognized. The Board of Trustees, believing that all such alumnae should be recognized in a tangible way, 
established the Emily Smith Medallion Award, named for Mrs. Herbert McK. Smith of Staunton, Virginia, herself a distinguished alumna. 

The Emily Smith Medallion each year honors an alumna who has made outstanding contributions to her community, church, the college and 
the Commonwealth. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

This award was established in 1986 by the Alumnae Association and the Class of 1963 in memory of Emily Wirsing Kelly '63, a distinguished 
leader for Mary Baldwin, her community and family. 

This award honors those alumnae who have demonstrated outstanding service and excellence in leadership on behalf ot MBC. 

Career Achievement Award 

Outstanding career performance demonstrates the value of a liberal arts education and serves as an inspiration for our current students. This 
award was established in 1986 by the Alumnae Association to honor alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and Mary Baldwin 
College through their careers or professions. 

Service to Church Award 

This award, established in 1986 by the Alumnae Association, recognizes the close and important relationship that has existed between Mary 
Baldwin College and the Presbyterian Church since the college's founding. The Service to Church Award honors those alumnae who have provided 
distinguished service to their churches and spiritual communities. 

Community Service Award 

Established in 1986, the Community Service Award honors those alumnae of Mary Baldwin College who have provided distinguished and 
outstanding volunteer service to their communities, and who have brought honor to their alma mater through their activities. 



In recognition of distinguished service and accomplishments, I would like to nominate the following alumna to receive the: (check one) 

_^__ ^ Emily Smith Medallion Career Achievement Award Emily Kelly Leadership Award 

Service to Church Award Community Service Award 

Nominee: Address: 

City: State: Zip Code: 

Student Name, if different: Class: 

Activities, Achievements and Honors: 


{Attach additional information if needed) _ 

Submitted by: 

Daytime Phone: 


Send nominations to: 

The Nominating Committee, Office of Alumnae Activities. Mary Baldwin College. Staunton. Virginia 24401 hyjuly 1, 1996 or fax to (540) 885-9503 

Alumnae Association Board of Directors 
Nominee Considerations 

The Alumnae Association Board of Directors represents the 1 1 ,000+ alumnae of Mary Baldwin College and provides leadership 
to the college and the alumnae body. Members of the Alumnae Board have distinguished themselves in their personal lives, careers, 
and in service to the college and represent a wide range of class years, geographical locations and career choices. They are responsible 
forpromoting the college on an ongoing basis and for guiding the Alumnae Association in its projects, policies and financial matters. 

Membership: Members-at-large serve two-year terms, and each member serves on a committee of the Board. 

Meetings: Attendance at a biannual business meeting is required for all members; committee meetings are held as called by the 
president or committee chair. 

Community Representation: All Board members continually strive to represent the missions, programs, and activities of the 
college and the Alumnae Association in their communities. All Board members are strongly encouraged to be active in MBC alumnae 
functions and programs in their communities. All Board members are urged to serve as an information resource in their communities 
for promotion of MBC. 

College Support: All Board members are expected to support the college financially through participation in the Annual Fund 
and other campaigns to the best of their ability. 



Nominee: Address: 

City: State: Zip Code: 

Phone Number: Class: Occupation: 

Business Address: 

Community Activities: 

Special Accomplishments, Awards, Honors: . 

List any Alumnae Activities; (i.e. Homecoming, chapter activities, phonathon) _ 

Submitted by: 

Daytime Pho 


Send nominations to: 

The Nominating Committee, Office of Alumnae Activities, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia 24401 by July 1, 1996 or fax to (540) 885-9503 

Slate of Nominees for the Alumnae Association Board of Directors 

Term of Office July 1 , 1996 to]une 30, J 998 

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Mary BaldwinCollege Alumnae Association, Article VII, Section 5, ifno further nominations are received 
within 30 days, the slate shall he considered elected by consent. If additional nominations are received, the selection of the candidates will rest with the Nominating 
Committee of the Board of Directors. Please send nominations to: The Nominating Committee, Office of Alumnae Activities, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 


of Williamsburg, VA 

Alumnae Association: Board member 1964 - 
1969 and since 1990; member of the Annual 
Giving and Alumnae Involvement Commit- 
tees, recording secretary. Nominating Com- 
mittee chair, administrative vice president and 
president-elect; chapter leader; admissions 
volunteer and former class agent 
Career and Community: Psychology major 
MBC, M.S.W. from Fordham University; ca- 
reer in medical social work; Network partici- 
pant and member ot Sesquicentennial Cam- 

Administrative Vice President 

ofLansdale, PA 

Alumnae Association: member of Finance 
Committee; Finance Committee chair and 
Project Funding Committee chair; admissions 
volunteer and chapter participant 
Career and Community: English major MBC, 
M.Ed, and Ed.D. Temple University; coordi- 
nator of gifted education for Upper Dublin 
Dresher.PA.School District; presenter atgifted 
education conferences; published works; and 
Network participant. 

Annual Qiving Committee Chair 

of Richmond, VA 

Alumnae Association: member of Career Net- 
work Committee and Mentorship Program, 
former member of MBC Parents Council, 
chapter leader 

Career and Community: Business administra- 
tion major; Travelers Asset Management 
School - CLU American College; vice presi- 
dent and director of equity marketing for Lowe, 
Brockenbrough, Tiemey iSi Tattersall, Inc.; 
member of Historic Richmond Foundation 
and Junior League; Network participant. 

Homecoming Committee Chair 

of Richmond. V A 

Alumnae Association: member of Hi 
ing Committee, member of 10th Reunion 
Giving Committee, Richmond Alumnae 
Chapter member, Network participant and 
class agent 

Career and Community: Psychology/Educa- 
tion major MBC; M.A. in education, Virginia 
Tech; educator ofyoung children; Who's Who 
AmongYoung American Professionds ; Chi Sigma 
lota member; Westwoodjunior Woman 'sClub. 

Nominating Committee Chair 

of Alexandria, VA 

Alumnae Association: member of Annual 
Giving Committee, Annual Giving chair and 
current Nominating Committee chair, chap- 
ter leader, current Reunion Events chair. Net- 
work participant 

Career and Community: English major MBC, 
Loan Officer with Mortgage Access Corpora- 
tion, active with Homeowners Association, 
member of Old Presbyterian Meeting House 
and North Carolina Society ofColonial Dames. 

Project Funding Committee Chair 

of Greensboro, NC 

Alumnae Association: former Board member, 
recording secretary. Finance Committee mem- 
ber, Dallas Alumnae Chapter secretary. An- 
tiques Forum Committee chair, former Parents 
Council member, class agent, and Network 

Career and Community: History major MBC; 
M.A. American Studies, University of Texas 
at Dallas; lecturer on historic & gardening 
topics; member of Junior League. Santa Rosa 
Symphony League, Bouverie Audubon Pre- 
serve docent. Green Hill Center for NC Art, 
Collector's Choice. 

Continuing Education Committee Chair Board of Directors Members -at-L^rge 

of Raleigh, NC 

Alumnae Association: member of Continuing 
Education Committee, current Continuing 
Education Committee chair, 25th Reunion 
Giving Committee chair, former member of 
MBC Parents Council, admissions volunteer, 
chapter and Network participant 
Career and Community: English major MBC; 
director of administration, MicroMass Com- 
munications, Inc.; Church of the Redeemer 
Parish Day School trustee chair; member o( 
the Red Cross International Committee. 

of Greensboro. NC 

Alumnae Involvement: admissions volunteer 
and chapter volunteer 

Career and Community: International rela- 
tions major MBC; national sales manager, 
northeast & southeast for Four Seasons Hotel/ 
Koury Convention Center; Greensboro Junior 
League; member of Evangelical Committee for 
First Presbyterian Church. 

of Richmond. VA 

Alumnae Involvement: member of Career 
Networking Committee, member of Richmond 
Alumnae Chapter, 5th Reunion Class chair, 
former class agent, admissions volunteer and 
Network participant 

Career and Community: Communications ma- 
jor MBC, J.D.Marshall- Wydie School of Law at 
the College of William St Mary, enrolled in 
Education Administration program at VCU, law- 
yer with private practice and teacher at St. 
Christopher'sSchool, founding memberandpro- 
granri/events coordinator of Commonwealth Ex- 
ecutive Women's Council. Daughters of the 
American Revolution, Junior League of Rich- 

of Hampton, VA 

Alumnae Association: former Alumnae Board 
member and class agent, MBC Parents Council 
member - Communications Committee chair 
Career and Community: Math major MBC; First 
United Methodist Church trustee. Administra- 
tive Board, Worship Committee chair; past presi- 
dent of Junior League of Hampton Roads; past 
president of PTA of three schools; former trustee 
of Virginia Living Museum. 


Alumnae Association: former member ot MBC 
Advisory Board of Visitors, class agent and chap- 
ter leader. Network participant, reunion co-chair 
for 20th and 25th, Sesquicentermial volunteer 
Career and Community: Political Science major 
MBC; M.S. in Education. Horida State Univer- 
sity; classification analyst with the North Caro- 
lina Department of Environment. Health and 
Natural Resources; member of the South 
Saxapahaw Home Owners Association. 

of Roanoke, VA 

Alumnae Association: member of Homecom- 
ing Committee, coordinator of Roanoke Alum- 
nae Chapter, Network participant 
Career and Community: Theater major MBC, 
Waldrop Realty real estate agent; received nu- 
merous awards in real estate area; Junior League; 
St. John's Episcopal Church Sunday School 

of Williamsburg, VA 

Alumnae Association: former executive direc- 
tor of Alumnae Activities MBC 1982 - 1988; 
20th Reunion Chair, national chair for the 
Annual Fund. Sesquicentennial volunteer, 
chapter leader. Network participant 
Career and Community: Math major MBC, 
Engineering Science UVA; director of annual 

support for the Society of Alumni, College of 
William & Mary; Williamsburg Presbyterian 
Church deacon; D.J. Montague Elementary 
Schoolclassroomvolunteer; several awards from 
the Council for the Advancement and Support 
of Education (CASE). 

ofCroiet, VA 

Alumnae Association: member of the former 
MBC Maga^ne Editorial Advisory Board and 
Networking participant 
Career and Community: Art major MBC; Reg- 
istered Nurse for the University of Virginia & 
Martha Jefferson Hospitals and various 
physician'soffices; college textbook and science 
journals illustrator; certified U.S. swimming 
stroke and turn official, member of U.S. Masters 
Swimming and Virginia Masters Swim Teams. 

of Malvern, PA 

Alumnae Association: member of Class Reuiiion 
and Giving Committees, former class agent 
Career and Community: Art major MBC; studies 
at Columbia University and Philadelphia Art 
lr^stitute; former teacher at Wilmington Friends 

of Birmingham, AL 

Alumnae Association: past chapter leader and 
current participant 

Career and Community: part-time high school 
Latin teacher, member of the Junior League, 
Church alter guild, sponsor of high school soror- 
ity. Achievement Award by Alpha Delta Psi 

of Richmond. VA 

Alumnae Association: past chapter leader; ac- 
tive participant for 10th,15th, 20th and 25th 
reunions; Network participant 
Career and Community: Psychology major 
MBC; counselor at a private Richmond school; 
memberships on the Board of Directors of Red 
Cross WVA. KS, chair of volunteers of the 
American Red Cross; volunteer with regional 
NCAA tournaments. 

of Arlington, VA 

Alumnae Association: co-chair of Washington 
Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, participated 
with 5th class reunion. Network participant, 
on-campus speaker 

Career and Community: Marketing com- 
munications MBC; assistant vice president 
and senior marketing manager for electronic 
banking and commercial lending operations 
for Chevy Chase Bank; American Diabetes 
and Challenger Center for Space Science 
Education volunteer. 


M. Kent Brinkle\- '97 ADP 

Kent Brinkiey has coaucliored with Gordon W. Chappell a new 

hook. The Gairiens ofColomal Wclliamsburg, which features ZO of the 
best-known gardens in the historic colonial area of Williamsburg, 

Each entry of the volume includes a history of gardening on 
that site and the specific documentary and archaeological research 
thatwentinto the modem garden's re-creation. Colorphotographs 
takenover the course of six seasons accompany each description, as 
wett as detailed site plans identifying aU of the buildings and 
permanent plantings (trees, shrubs, .ground covers and vines)- 
Kent Brinkiey has served as the landscape architect and garden 
hisEorianfor the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1985. He is a junior in MBC's Adult 
1 and has also^ attended Old Dominion University. 


Colon tAL 

Terry L. Rall 79 

Media Gen- 
eralhas named 
Terry L- Hal 
"79 as presi- 
demt of Vir- 
ginia Newspa- 
pers, Inc. 
(VNI), a 
wholly owned 
wfeich wjll c^ierate a new newspaper group 
acqpiited by Media General In October, 
Media General completed the $Z3Q million 
acqmsition of a sroup ot Vtrsmia newspa- 
per- owned bv Worrell Enterprises, Inc. 
The prcpetues mcluded T/t CfwAo nzhtiMe 
Dtssh PYagreii the Culpepir Stair-Expomm, 
the l-yrtiMnirg Ne.m & AiniriLe and the 
Su^lL Neui Herdi which have a com- 
bined datlvorciilaaon of 81,000 A num- 
ber ot weekly monthly, semi-monthly and 
shopper pub licanons throughout the state 
were also in^ olved tn the purchase 

Terrv Hall served as publisher of the 
L^ndiiwrgNeui & AiininuJ pnor to the 
Media General acqmsitwn She has 
served as publisher tor several Virginia 
newspapers in Marion, Radford, 
Chrisliansburg and Charlottesville. She 
also served as publisher of The EdgSe in 
Bryan-Station, TX- 

Media General President and CEO' J. 
Stewart Bryan III said, "We are fortunate 
to have Terry HaE assume the leadership 
of Virginia Newspapers. She is an accom- 
plished and experienced newspaper execu- 
tive with a coramitment tO' both the com- 
munity and tO' newspaper excellence." 

Margaret Woodson Nea '63 

Margaret Woodson Nea '63 sponsored a Photography/Nature 
Autumn Retreat workshop at Stratford Hall Plantation in the 
Northern Neck, near Kilmarnock, VA, in October. The historic 
home of Robert E. Lee, complete with nature trails, formal gar- 
dens, flower gardens and scenic bluffs and meadows, provided the 
perfect backdrop for a workshop for nature lovers and nature 
Mrs. Nea holds a master's of humanities from the University 
of Richmond. She has studied photography at workshops with 
noted nature photographer FreemanPattersoninNew Brunswick, 
Canada and tn various locations throughout the United States. 
Mrs. Nea has taught photography courses at the Mabey 
Gallery in Richmond and the University of Richmond Women's 
Resource Center and has led photography worbhops in Iceland, Maine, North CaroUna and 
many locations in Virginia. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and various publica- 
tions. (Mrs. Nea's photography appears in Food and Wine Maga;jne's spring issue, and Veranda 
magazine features Mrs. Nea's photography and article, ''Monticello in Rower.") 

ShehasexhibitedherwodsdiroughoutVirginiaatsites including RiverixontPlaza, Richmond 
International Airport, Mary Baldwin College, and the Richmond Civic Center. Many of her 
nature photographs are in permanent and corporate collec- 
tions throughout the United States. The work of her exhibits 
has been described by CeCe Bullard, art critic tor the Ricfi- 
rnmid Times Dispcadi, as "wonderfully creative photographs 
diat capture the essential beauty of the subject." 

Photography tor Mrs. Nea is "both an inward and outwarc 
experience, a way otlieing in touch with nature's gifts and withi 
ourselves." Her love has 
taken her to places all over 
die worid, from Iceland to 
Kenya to Nepal, but she 
strongly believes in the uni- 
versality of the wonders of 
nature found close to home, 
especially in Virginia, Mrs. 
Nea uiR repeat: the Photogra- 
phy /Nature reueazin the spring 
on Motfer's Day weekend. 
For more information coll 
(804)355-6445 or (804) 

435-3547. - '95 Nepal - Mother and daughter " " '94 Kenya - Woman walking ' 

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Li L%^ IVIJUL 1 

Nan Rothwell '92 reflects 
pn her life after ADP 






'L*<>-^,- ,':£Ciji^5ii 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Balpiwin College Magazine 

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Two years ago, I wrote a letter to Studio 
Potter magazine about my decision to 
close my pottery studio and become a 
full-time advisor and teacher in the MBC 
Adult Degree Program: 

I cleared out my studio shouroom, reck- 
lessly throning au.'ay everything related to 
marketing and selling pots. It was liberating 
to heave years' worth of receipts and business 
cards , pricing sheets and labels , and even my 
cranky VISA machine (which never printed 
well anyway) into a rusty metal trash can 
and haul it to the dumpster. 1 kept everything 
dealing with the technical and aesthetic sides 
of making pottery — as a promise to myself 
that I would work with clay again. All my 
equipment is still there . But I am no longer a 
potter — a person who makes a living mak- 
ing ar\d selling pots. 

As you may well imagine , that statement 
generates more questions than answers. I 
was a potter for 20 years — so what hap- 
pened? And if I am no longer a potter, just 
what am I instead? I was 1 9 when 1 first 
started makingpots , and it was an immediate 
and powerfid addiction. Within six months 
of making my first pot, I had enrolled in the 
Harrow studio pottery course, a fidl-time 
intensive training course near London. And 
then, for nearly 20 years, 1 made and sold 
funcnorud salt-glazed pots. 

I lovedmakingpots . WTien throwing was 
going well, I lost all sense of time. The pots 
would rise out of a lump centered on the 
spinning wheel almost as if by their own 
volition, expanding in a rhythm Uke singing 
or breathing. It was always a fresh challenge 
to look over boards of newly thrown pots and 
find the real racers - the ones whose rim and 
swell, lift from the table, and balance on top 
worked best. 

And I loved firing, especially salting the 
kiln. I'd wrap salt in neu'sfm'nt, tortilla- 
style , then pidl a salt port and lob it in front 
of the burners. I always stood out of range 
as the kiln belched white steam and fumes 
— extended exposure to salt fumes iryiuces 
a killer hangover, even with my regidation 

gas mask and goggles .I'd dart in to turn up 
the burners and slide in long strips of wood, 
for reduction and fly-ash, to create a gray , 
fused look. A pyromaniac at heart, I loved 
to watch the dark flames and smoke licking 
out every crack . I especially loved the end of 
a firing- the pressure back, the roar subsid- 
ing. Everything in the kiln had a shimmer- 
ing glow, and the pots looked brighter than 
the fire around them 

I didn't stop makingpots because I was 
tired of the process . I stopped temporarily , in 
order to go back to college. But once I was 
away from the studio, several things grew 
clear to me. First, my lower back and right 
shoulder stopped hurting. Not that I'd been 
in sharp pain, but I coidd always gauge how 
much I'd been pushing in the studio by my 
degree of backache . And my shoulder , which 
I originally injured while scraping the arch of 
my kiln, was a constant irritant. 

Then too, I discovered that my attitude 
toward academics had shifted. When I 
dropped out of college in 1969, I was 
impatient with academic values and con- 
cerns. But 20 years later, I found myself 
delighted by the very qualities I'd once 
rejected as arcane and irrelevant. In 1 969 , 
I only had use for the practical and the 
concrete. Now, I found that talking about 
theoretical constructs or about truth and 
beauty was my idea of a good time. And I 
loved the contact with other people. I u'dsn' t 
lonely as a potter, but being back in school 
brought more interaction than I'd experi- 
enced in years . And I came to value that 
opportunity for contact even more when I 
began working as a writing tutor and aca- 
demic advisor. For years, 1 honored and 
encouraged the reclusive artistin me . Now 
it was time to explore my more gregarious 
and connected self. 

This would be a less-than-candid letter 
shoidd I fail to mention another real-life 
consideration — mone^. WTienJ/irstsiarteii 
potting in the early '70s, I earned enough to 
support myself. Two major factors changed 
during the intervening years. Inflation over- 
took the process of making and seUing pots , 

so my income lost relative value, and I 
married and had two children , thus reducing 
my available work time and expanding our 
need for inccrme. 

It felt like time for one of us to get a 
regular job with a paycheck and benefits, 
and I was the logical candidate for change , 
since I was already back in school and 
having a good time. After years as a self- 
employed artist and a parent (both jobs in 
which you never finish and rarely feel 
you've done enough) , I was enjoying the 
stMiient's sensation of closure andsuccess. 
When graduation approached and it was 
time for me to return to my studio, I didn't 
want to go hack. I missed the process of 
makingpots a lot, but the process of mak- 
ing aliving as a potter, notatall. I'dgrown 
lazy, so that the idea of hours of throwing, 
glazing and firing, processes I used to find 
ener^zing, sounded too much like hard 
work. Most of all, I luas unwilling to give 
up my new friends and contacts to return 
to working alone . 

A lot has happened since that letter- 
When 1 entered ADP six years ago, I was 
beginning to sense that the choices I 
made at age 20 led down a one-way career 
track. I wasn't unhappy, but my sense of 
the possible had narrowed. Studying tor 
my B.A. and M.F.A. reopened things tor 
me in a way I could never have predicted. 
Although I'd never been interested in 
history' and my formal background in art 
was limited, I managed to double-major 
in history', and art at MBC. Applying to 
Goddard College's M.F.A. in Creative 
Writing program required a leap of faith 
since, except for papers for Mar\- Baldwin 
classes, my only wxiting had consisted of 
letters to friends. Yet, by the end of the 
program, I had wxitten short stories and a 

Ehiring my five years of study, I learned 
a great deal about history, art, literature 
and wTiting. But more important than 

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course content is my new-found sense of 
myself and what I'm capable of. Writ- 
ing to Studio Potter magazine in 1993, 1 
envisioned a smooth transition between 
careers. I hoped to work with the Adult 
Degree Program, but funding for my 
position was eliminated after six 
months. Next 1 became the assistant 
directorofthe Virginia Women's Insti- 
tute for Leadership. That job had many 
positive aspects, notably a wonderful 
boss and enthusiastic, likable students. 
It was fun to be part of a brand-new 
program, but I discovered that the 
work itself drove me crazy. A friend 
who works in college administration 
says it reminds her of the carnival 
game with dozens of small trap doors 
with little alligator heads popping up - 
and your job as an administrator is to 

keep banging the doors back down 
with a big rubber mallet. I also found 1 
couldn't survive without sustained cre- 
ative work. So 1 left. 

They say college graduates today can 
expect to change jobs and career paths 
several times during their working lives. 
After making pottery for half my life, 
this is my third shift of direction in only 
five years. It's exhilarating and discon- 
certing. 1 just bought a ton of clay and 
am preparing to build a new kiln. 1 plan 
to make some pots and to teach writing 
and art appreciation. With luck, I may 
find somewhere to teach pottery. 

As I type this piece for The Mary 
Baldwin Magazine, I'm aware that the 
mugs in my studio need handles before 
they dry too much; my next mailing to 
ADP writing students should be in the 

mail; estimated taxes are due this week; 
there's a huge jumble of clean laundry to 
sort; and my kids are pressuring me to 
check out their new snow fort. In other 
words, I'm back to the muddle of self- 
employment. But, although things look 
familiar, my life feels profoundly differ- 
ent. I emerged from my experience as an 
adult student confident that 1 can take 
on things I know nothing about and 
succeed in them, aware that life's path is 
no longer as narrow or as simple as it 
once appeared, and excited about what 
lies ahead. 

Nan Rothwell. the Outstanding ADP 
gi-aditate for J 992, ^aduated Phi Beta 
Kappa, summa cum laude. 

CASE Award 

A series of eight photographs of 
the Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership wilderness training 
weekend were given a Special Merit 
Award in the 1996 Council for 
Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE) District III 
Advancement Awards Competition. 

Professional photographer Karin 
Anderson took the photographs in 
September while the first class of 
VWIL students completed 
wilderness training activities. 
The photographs were displayed in 
February at the CASE District III 
Conference at Georgia State 
University in Atlanta. 

Faculty Promotions 

In February Dean of the College Dr. James Lott an- 
nounced the promotion of several faculty members. 
Dr. Steve Mosher was promoted to professor of politi- 
cal science and director of the Health Care Adminis- 
tration Program, and Dr. Jim McCrory was promoted 
to professor of education. Adult Degree Program fac- 
ulty members Dr. Stevens Garlick and Dr. Lallon Pond 
were promoted to professor of German and associate 
professor of business administration, respectively. 

Associate Professor of English Rick Plant will be 
on sabbatical during May Term 1996 and fall semester 

Dean Lott also announced faculty members receiv- 
ing sabbatical leaves for spring and May Term 1997. 
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Betty Hairfield, Associate 
Professor of Biology Dr. Lundy Pentz, Professor of En- 
glish Dr. Frank Southerington and Professor of The- 
atre Terry Southerington will all be on sabbatical leaves 
next year. 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

The Greatness of Great Books. 

continued from page 8 
other inmates watch TV." 

I started to apologize when she said that there was no probLem. She said that 
many of the other inmates stayed and listened to the story. 

''I listened, too," she admitted. "It was. pretty interesting. It's about this old Southern family, and there's this mentally 
retarded character. I'd like to read that book. What's its name?" 

.... they're contagious. 

Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership cadets 
(I to r) Kristin Van Wegen, 
guidon bearer and head of 
the Honor Council from 
Front Royal, VA; Kimberly 
Bond, company commander 
from Radford, VA; and 
Trimble Bailey, color guard 
sergeant from Roanoke, VA, 
met with Virginia Governor 
George Alien at the capitol 
on February 18. 

The Ssunton Chapter of 

the NAACRtheMBC 

Department of Philosophy 

and Religion and the Minority 

Students in Unity of Mary 

Baldwin College sponsored a 

Candlelight March for Peace 

& Civil Rights on January 29. 

A service in memory 

of Martin Luther King Jr. was 

held at the Augusta Street 

United Methodist Church 

following the march. 

Candlelight March for 
Peace & Civil Rights 

TisMsmB/uvimsQoMMiEMM^izmE • Sss{ni:19% 


Alumnae Notes 

Mind, Body & Spirit: 
Developing the 
Whole You at MBC 


by Mary Jo Shilling Shannon '53 

Homecoming 1996 will feature 
three stimulating seminars for return- 
ing alums on Friday afternoon, May 24, 
and Saturday morning, May 25. The 
theme, "Mind, Body and Spirit: Devel- 
oping the Whole You at MBC," em- 
bodies the essence of a Mary Baldwin 
education and will appeal to all alum- 
nae, not just to those returning for 
class reunions. 

Mary Baldwin has always recognized 
the importance of spiritual develop- 
ment in the total development of women. 
The first seminar addresses this vital 
concern. Mary Baldwin College Chap- 
lain Patricia Hunt and Leiia Lytle '72 
have planned a panel discussion on de- 
veloping your spiritual self. 

During the second seminar, the em- 
phasis will shift to physical and leader- 
ship development as Dr. Brenda L. 
Bryant, director of the Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership, shares insights 
into the VWIL program that we have 
heard so much about throughout the 
past year. What constitutes leadership? 
How can we, as MBC alumnae, develop, 
in ourselves and in our children, those 
qualities essential for leadership? Be 
prepared to join in some physical and 
mental exercises designed to develop 
such characteristics. 

The third of the seminars, "Uniting 
the Whole: Life Planning for the 90's and 
Beyond," will be presented by Bonnie 
Tuggle Miller '76 on Saturday morning. 
Bonnie and Sally Livingston Brown '63 
are partners in a private consulting firm. 
The BrownMiller Group, located in Rich- 
mond. They specialize in working with 
individuals and groups on career and life 
management concerns. Bonnie's pre- 
sentation at Homecoming '96 is your 
opportunity to sample her expertise. 

Mary Baldwin alumnae never stop 
learning. Plan now to attend these semi- 
nars designed especially for you. 

^jdliiniiKic ^resident's Xetter 

Dear Alums , 

It is hard to believe my term as your president is almost completed. I have 
enjoyed the opportunity to serve you, the Alumnae Board and the college. My 
imly regret is that time did not permit me to meet more of you. 1 leave knowing 
that the Alumnae Board will continue to move forward with a variety of 
progi'ams and projects under the capable leadership of your board and its 
Executive Committee. 

It is always sad to say farewell to board members whose terms are expiring. 
This year is no exception, and 1 would like to recognize these dedicated 
volunteers : Anita Blanco '96 , Dawn Martin Blankinship '82 , Julie Ellsworth 
Cox '86, Susan Massie ]ohnson '67, Sue Lollis '79, Lelia Lytle '72. Gale 
Palmer Penn '63, Sabrina Rakes '94, Anna Vazquez '96 and Margaret 
"Neille" McRae Wilson '68. Their creativity and energy will be missed. 

This issue of The Mary Baldwin Magazine includes brief biographies of the 
nominees for various officer positions and the members-at-large of the Board 
of Directors. All terms are for two years , beginning July 1 , 1996. You are our 
source for nominations and 1 hope you will consider nominating an alum for 
either the Board of Directors or for an Alumnae Award . Nomination forms are 
i'ncluiied in this magazine. The Alumnae Association belongs to you, our 
alumnae, and your input is important. 

It's not too early to mark two very important dates on your calendar. First 
IS Homecoming, May 24 to 26. You are guaranteed a weekend of fun, 
fellowship and renewed friendships with classmates , faculty and staff. 

On October 15, 1996, you are invited to a special event at the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA — a private tour of the Faberge in 
America exhibit — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Faberge pieces 
from the collections of the late Malcolm S . Forbes , the late Marjorie Merriweather 
Post, andtheVir^niaMuseum' s Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection. I encourage 
you to make plans to attend this special event, to marvel at the beautiful 
creations from the workshops of Peter Carl Faberge , court jeweler to the Czars , 
and to enjoy refreshments with other MBC alums. 

During the next year, 1 urge each of you to become ini'ok'ed with our alma 
mater. It's so easy to make a contribution to the Annual Fund, refer a student, 
attend an event or return to the beautiful Mary Baldwin campus for Homecom- 
ing. I hope you will take the time to give of yourself . 

With much appreciation, 

Sally Armstrong Singles '60 

Spring 1996 • The M.^ry Baldwin College Magazine 

Alumnae Notes 

CaJuHa /lu ma/u^ BcUduM44. CcUleae AUum/vael i 

Representatives of Bernard C. Harris Pub- 
lishing Company, Inc., are currently phoning 
MBC alumnae/i for the verification phase of our 
A^ory Baldv/in College Alumnae Directory project. 

Much of the information to be verified 
on each individual's listing will be going into 
the directory, specifically, current name 
academic data, residence address, cur- 
rent occupation and business ad 
dress (if applicable).The scope of 
this information is an indication 
of the comprehensive quality of 
the entire volume. The directory 
will sort this data by name in the 
alphabetical division, and by class year and 

geographical location in separate sections of the 

bookThere will also be a special message from the 

Alumnae Activities Office with photos of and 

nformation about Mary Baldwin College. 

Soon, locating fellow alumnae/i will 

be as easy as turning a page with 

the Mary Baldwin College Alunn- 

nae Directory. 

You may reserve a per- 
sonal copy when the 
Harris representative 
phones, but don't de- 
lay. Only publication 
orders received at that 
time will be guaranteed. 




Mary Baldwin College Homecoming. Make 
plans now to Come Join Our Parade! 


Northern Regional Leadership Forum in 
Philadelphia. PA. MBC s on-the-road work- 
shop focusing on event planning, recruit- 
ment, reunion events and annual giving. 


Foxfield Steeplechase Races in Charlottesville, 
VAThls will be the 6th annual MBC event at 
Foxfield. Come and celebrate with MBC alum- 
nae, faculty, staff and friends. 


Faberge Exhibit in Richmond,VA. Enjoy a wine 
and cheese party and a private showing. 

If you are interested in additional infornnation or an invitation to any of these events, 
please contact the MBC Of^ce of Alumnae Activities at 1-800-763-7359. 

The M\ry B.'ujd"»t>j College VL\g.\zine • Sprino 1996 


Alumnae Notes 

The Vemak Advantage 

By Sally Helgesen 

Reviewed by Carmen Holden McHaney 73 

"There's an old Chinese proverb: 'Women hold up half the sky' . 
. . Until recently, the half of the sky assigned to women has been 
the private half; the public half has been ceded to men. But as 
women assume positions of leadership in the public realm , they 
are bringing their values with them, and the ancient dichotomies 
between male and female, between public arid private — are 

Sally Helgesen, The Female Advantage 

In The Female Advaritage, Sally Helgesen explores the 
management styles ot four highly successtul women leaders 
through a moment-by-moment look at a day in each ot their 
lives. The women she studies are Frances Hesselbein, then 
national executive director of the Girl Scouts and now execu- 
tive director of the Peter Drucker Institute; Barbara Grogan, 
president of Western Industrial Contractors; Nancy Badore, 
director of Ford Motor Company's Executive Development 
Center; and Dorothy Brunson, president of minority-owned 
Brunson Communications. 

From these studies, Helgesen identifies several "female 
principles" the women use effectively. She refers to the prin- 
ciples as "female," because they are the ones which usually 
develop in the home, the traditional workplace of women. 
Each of the women draw on their experiences as wives and 

mothers as they lead. Their personal lives are intertwined with 
their business lives. They create inclusive, flexible environ- 
ments where they listen, teach and mentor. Relationships are 
important to them. They see their employees as whole human 
beings, not just workers. The women see themselves as the 
heart of their organizations, not the head. They are concerned 
about the community beyond the walls of their businesses and 
they appreciate diversity. 

In recent years, record numbers ot women have entered the 
work force. Their entry parallels a time when corporations are 
having to make major changes to survive. Traditionally, the 
rare woman who broke through the glass ceiling was the one 
who suppressed her feminine traits and adopted male manage- 
rial techniques established as far back as Caesar's control over 
his army — "top down hierarchical line of command," "win- 
ners and losers," and "separation of home from work." The 
Female Advantage documents how women are benefiting the 
corporate world by sharing the values so long reserved for the 

The author of The Female Advantage, Sally Helgesen, serves on 
the External Advisory Council for the Virginia Women's Institute 
for Leadership, and this book was used as a reference by the task 
force that designed VWIL . The Female Advantage was published 
in J 990 fci;y Doubleday Press. 

Mardi Gras Senior Dinner '96 

sponsored by the Alumnae Association Board o/ Directors 
and the Student Alumnae Partnership 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Balpiwin College Magazine 

Are you looking for a hot spot to 
spend your Memorial Day Weekend? 

Well^ look no further. 

Do we have a fun weekend planned for you during the 

Homecoming Weekend at Mary Baldwin College, May 24 ■ 26, 1996! 

Come Join Our Parade and help us celebrate Class Reunions for 1941, 1946, 

1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 & the 50-Plus Club. 

1 ^ 


• Alumnae Seminars 

• "Dinner on the Grounds" 
with live music 


• Bird Walk 

• Fun Run and Walk 

• Strawberry Breakfast 

• Saturday Alumnae Seminar 

• Parade Reception & Parade 
of Classes 

• Alumnae Awards Celebration 

• Homecoming Picnic 

• Free Time and Afternoon 

• Reunion Class Dinners 


• Breakfast Buffet 

• Alumnae Chapel 

• Commencement 

(Schedule is subject to change) 


You will begin your weekend on Friday after- 
noon with two stimulating seminars. A third 
seminar will be presented on Saturday. The 
seminars will be presented by Mary Baldwin 
faculty, staff and one alumna. They will offer 
you the opportunity to revisit the classroom 
as well as be involved in several topics of 
interest. More information is provided in the 
"Mind, Body and Spirit: Developing the 
Whole You at MBC" article in this issue of 
The Mary Baldwin Magazine. 


The reunion festivities begin Friday evening 
with a casual dinner on the college grounds 
featuring live music by Wanda and The White 
Boys with Mary Baldwin College's own James 
Harrington, faculty advisor for the Adult De- 
gree Program in Staunton. Then, on Satur- 
day morning, join the Grand Parade of 
Classes, led by Dr. Mixon Dorrocott for the 
7th year in a row, and conclude the day with 
your Class Dinner. In addition, you will hove 
time to walk the campus, meet and catch up 
with friends and faculty, and just hove a good 


On<ampus accommodations in residence 
halls will be available. Indicate that you want 
to stay in the residence hall on the registra- 
tion form you receive with your Homecoming 
brochure in early April. Off-campus blocks 
of rooms hove been reserved for Mary Bald- 
win alumnae at local hotels/motels. Please 
make your own reservations with any of the 
following hotels: Best Western/Staunton Inn 
at 540-885-1 1 12; Comfort Inn at 540-886- 
5000; Hampton Inn at 540-886-7000; Holi- 
day Inn Golf and Conference Center at 540- 
248-6020; Shoney's Inn at 540-885-31 17; 
Super 8 at 540-886-2888. All special rates 
are subject to availability. 


Covington International Travel and USAir 
are offering special rates to Mary Baldwin 
College alumnae and guests flying into 
Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, 
Shenandoah Valley, and Washington/ 
Dulles from May 22 through May 28, 
1996. These fares are based on USAir's 
published round trip airfares within the 
Continental United States, Bahamas, 
Canada, and San Juan. The discount is 5% 
off the lowest applicable published fares. 
Allow for minimum 21 -day-advance 
purchases. Rates are based on availability 
at time of booking. Remember to book 
early to save! For further information, coll 
Sylvia Baldwin '76 at Covington Interna- 
tional Travel at 800-828-9658 and refer to 
Gold File: 41980740. 

For more information about Homecoming 1 996, write or call the Office of Alumnae Activities, 
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA 24401 Phone: 800»763»7359 Fax: 540»885»9503 

The NUry" B.\ld»tn College ^L\G.\ZINE • Spring 1996 


Alumnae Notes 

Chapters in Action 


Eighteen Birmingham alumnae joined Executive Director of Alumnae Activities Jane G. Kornegay '83, and Director 
of Gift Clubs Elizabeth Branner for Apple Day Cocktails at the home of Anne Broyles Proctor '83 and her husband 
David on October 10. 


On October 11, Mobile area alumnae joined Jane G. Kornegay '83, executive director of alumnae activities, for dinner 
and conversation at The Bakery. Those attending included Martha Dimmock Campbell '69, Penny Turner Coleman 
'67, Stuart Moseley Ellis '51, Belinda Norden Pitman '84, Kathy Blacksher Ward '77 and Kathy's husband Bestor Ward. 


Montgomery area alumnae attended a dinner at Sinclair's on October 1 2 with Jane G. Kornegay '83, executive director 
of alumnae activities. Attending the dinner were Jenanne York Montgomery '87, Margaret Moore '88, Sarah Spratling 
'75, Martha Harlow Stronach '67 and Delia Haigler Turner '65. 


Alumnae and friends gathered at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday, October 22, to kick off activities tor the Third Regional 
Leadership Forum. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, dinner and good conversation. 

(Seated) ]ohn Scott and fiance jasmin Reyes '88 enjoyed 
dinner at the Re^onal Leadership Forum in Atlanta with 
Annual Fund Director Tracey Cote Allen '89, Sheila Cocke 
and Mary Cocke '92. 

Also attending the Third Regional Leadership Forum ivere 
Shelby Powell '89, Executive Director of Alumnae Activities 
fane G. Kornega^v '83 and Pamela Williamson '9J . 

Regional Leadership Forum presenters 
included Margaret Troutman Grover '• 
TriciaClardy Wilson '9 i, 
Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, 
Mary fim Moore Quillen '72 
and Elizabeth Smith '93. 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Alumnae Notes 

Chapters in Action 


Sixteen area alumnae enjoyed lunch at the trendy 
restaurant Magnolias on November 3. Pam McCain 
Pearce '81 coordinated the event and the group heard a 
college update from Jane G. Komegay '83, executive 
director of alumnae activities. 


Charlotte Jackson Berr^' '51 and husband Joe hosted a 
cocktail party to thank area alumnae who were involved 
with the planning and organization of the Board of 
Trustees meeting held in the spring of 1994- Nancy P. 
Mclntyre, director of special gifts, gave a college update 
and answered questions. 

Barbara Lemmorid Graham '40, event host]oe Berry, Eliza- 
beth Williams Bradford '51 and her husband Ralph Bradford 
enjoyed the cocktail party at the home of Joe and Charlotte 
Jackson Berry '5 1 . 



(l-r) Bob Taylor, Juliane Jorgensen Taylor '64, Janie Baugh 
Singletoy '79, Bob Singletary, Board of Trustees Chair Anna 
Kate Reid Hipp '63, Anna Dunson Pressly '69, with hosts 
Suzanne Raybum Bates '66 and William Bates at a "Wine, 
Cheese and Conversation" event at the Bates' home on Novem- 
ber 2 . A college update was presented by Jane G . Komegay '83 , 
executive director of alumnae activities. 

Mettie Goodwin Jaynes '57 and husband James talk uith Bett)' 
Berger Fulgham '51 and Betty's husband Rawles at a cocktail 
party at the Fulgham home. Twenty-eight alumnae arid friends 
attended the event and met with MBC President Dr. Cynthia 
H. Tyson. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1996 


Alumnae Notes 

Chapters in Action 


MBC President Dr . Cynthia H. Tyson, Margaret Hunt Hill 
'37 and Caroline Rose Hiint '43 visit U'ith each other at the 
cocktail party at the home of Betty Berber Fidgham '5 1 . 

Amy Peeples Steere '94 and husband Chris Steere talk with 
Mary Ellen Killinger Durham '66 at the Fulgham's cocktail 
party . 





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Former Alumnae Association Board President Emily Dethloff 
Ryan '63, Claudia Turner Aycock '66, Barbara Bullock 
Graham '57 chat with MBC President Dr Cynthia H. Tyson 
at an Apple Day Party for Houston area alumnae. Hostess 
BarharaCraham '57 openedher home for the event, whichwas 
attended by 22 alumnae . President Tyson updated the ^oup on 
the Vir^nia Women's Institute for Leadership. 

Also celebrating Apple Day at the home of Barbara Bullock 
Graham '57 were Allison Hall Blaylock '76, Theresa Hall 
Atwell '84, Leslie Lewis Cranberry '84 and fane Mattox 
Turner '38. 


Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

All' m X a £ Notes 

Chapters in Action 


Helping to ring in the holiday season, nine Eastern Shore 
alumnae and guests gathered for a casual dinner at Little 
Italy in Nassawadox on December 7. In attendance were 
Executive Director of Alumnae Activities Jane G. 
Komegnay '83, Paige Belote Addison '90, SusanKeUam 
'94, Dawn Jiistis '88, Lou Hall Bloxom '87, Jeanine 
Waterfield Tyson '85 and Director of Alumnae Projects 
Anne M. Holland '88. 


Fom" alumnae and guests attended a cocktail pam= on September 25 at the home ot Anne Jackson McAllister '65 and 
her husband Robert. Representing MBC and providing a college update were MBC President Dr. Cmthia H. Tyson, 
Vice President tor Institutional Advancement Mark Atchison and Associate Director oi the .Annual Fund Kristin 


Jennifer Webb '91 and Man^ Morrison '95 helped coordinate a Happy Hour at The 0\'al Room in Washington, DC. 
Man" Baldwin alumnae and friends relaxed and enioved sociali:in2 with one another. 

Enjoying the Happ\ Hour event in Washington were Haley Local alumrme joined in on Happy Hour at The Oval Room in 

Johnson '86, Mary Wall Richardson Hood '88 and Joanna 
Kenyon Roser^erger '88. 

Washington, DC. (front row, l-r) Usa Span^ler Locher '82, 
Haley Johnson '86, Mary Wall Richardson Hood '88, Kitty 
Talbot '91, and Trish Hylton '93. (back row, l-r) Joanrm 
Kenyon Rosenberger '88, Jennifer Webb '91, Mary Morrison 
'95 and Caroline Marriou '94. 

The ^L«y B.ud'stx College XUg.azixe • Shsing 1996 


Alumnae Notes 

Chapters in Action 


The Richmond Alumnae Chapter welcomed the Executive Committee of the Alumnae Association to their city with 
style. Anne Cameron Edel Dennis '82 and her husband Blake hosted a Summer Cocktail Buffet party, which doubled 
as a send-off for new students. R. J. Landin Loderick '86 coordinated the event which was attended by over 85 alumnae 
and friends. The group welcomed Class of 1999 MBC students and their parents. Beverly Estes Bates '64, Susan Parker 
Drean '83, Betsy Cummins Dudley '84 ADP, Leigh Yates Farmer '74, Susanne Eve Fowlkes '64, Elizabeth Fowlkes '96, 
Dana Campbell Kingrey '86, Cathy Ferris McPherson '78, Liz Jennings Shupe '70 and Cathy Turner Temple '68 all 
helped make the event a success. 

Anne Rudd BLick '35 , Beverley Hoy Hoivarth '35 andjean 
Wiltshire Lane '46 hosted a luncheon at Westminster Can- 
terbury on November 8. MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. 
Tyson gave a college update . Special guests were Mrs . Edna 
Haldenby, Dr. Tyson's mother, and Sally A. Bingley '60, 
Alumnae Association president. 

The Adult Degree Program Richmond Center uias the setting 
for the first ADP Holiday Gathering on December 6. Rich- 
mond-area ADP alumni enjoyed a festive evening of good 
food and conversation with special guest Dr. Kathleen 
Stinehart, associate dean for ADP . Pictured (l-r) MikeHart 
'86 ADP, Amy D. Compton '89 ADP, Steve Jordon '95 
ADP chat with Dr. Stinehart. 

Alumnae Amy Bridge '86, R. ]. Lflndin Loderick '86, 
Anne Cameron Edel Dennis '82 and Stacy Sternheimer 
Smith '82 enjoyed a Summer Cocktail Buffet party at the 
home of Cammey Edel Dennis . 

Chari Fortner Massie '85 planned a Creole Haf)p>i Hour 
at Gumbo Ya-Ya on November 8. Over 40 Richmond- 
area alumnae, MBC graduates from 1980 to 1995, 
attended the event. The group was welcomed by Director 
of Alumnae Projects Anne Holland '88 and Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities jane G. Kornegay '83. 
How could you not have fun at the Creole Happy Hour 
with this group of young alumnae? 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Alumnae Notes 

Chapters in Action 


The 1995 holiday season was ushered in by the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter on November 30 with an Eggnog & Dessert 
Party at the home of Sarah Belle Eason Parrott '73 and husband John. Fifty-two alumnae enjoyed a festive evening and 
a performance by MBC's a capella group Baldwin Charm. 


The Student-Alumnae Partnership sponsored a Com- 
munity Tea for Mary Baldwin staff and local alumnae on 
October 18 on campus. Students, alumnae and faculty 
enjoyed this unique opportunity to socialize. 

The Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County Alumnae 
Chapter kicked off the yuletide season with a festive Holiday 
Cheer Party on November 29 at the home of Clair Carter 
Bell '76 and husband Tom. Fifty -five alumnae and friends 
enjoyed a delightful evening with (l-r) Mrs . Edna Haldenby , 
(mother of) MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, Clair 
Carter Bell '76 and Sylvia Baldwin '76. 


Allison Young '87 and Catherine "Kate" Gladden 
Schultz '71 got the Winchester area alumnae together 
for lunch on August 16, 1995, at the Old Post Office 
Restaurant in downtown Winchester. Guests were 
updated on MBC admissions and the first VWIL class. 
Alumnae also discussed future chapter events and 
alumnae involvement. 

Mary Katherine Hockman Robinson '84 and husband 
Joe hosted a Holiday Party on December 13 for area 
alumnae and prospective students. Though the weather 
was a bit wintry, a great time was had by all. 

Virginia Schools Parties 

Los Angeles, CA - August 1995 
Virginia College Mixer 

Charlotte, NC - October 1995 

Charlotte Chapter of Old Dominion Schools 

Cocktail Buffet 

MBC contact, Linda Graybill '83 

Boston, MA - December 1995 

Virginia Colleges Holiday Cocktail Party 

Columbia, SO - February 1995 

XII Annual Commonwealth Day Celebration 


The Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1996 



YouVe Never Too Young For Planned Giving 

by Charlotte R. Wenger '83 

I Y' I any people think that wills, 
estates, annuities and other planned 
gifts are things only "old" people 
need to think about. In fact, it is 
wise for all of us with assets to 
consider what will happen to them 
when we die. Recently 1 decided 
that 1 want to include Mary Baldwin 
College in my planning. Specifically, 
1 have provided in my will tor the 
college to receive an Annual Fund 
gift from my estate through my 50th 
reunion year, or, if I die after my 
50th reunion year, for an endowed 
scholarship to he established. 

In 1983, I gave a $5 gift to the 
Annual Fund. Since then, 1 have 
increased my gift and fulfilled my 
goal of contributing to the Annual 
Fund every year. 1 initially gave to 
the Annual Fund simply because I 
believe every alumna should con- 
! hute. After being the chair of my 
Reunion Giving Committee three 
years ago and continuing to volun- 

teer with the Annual Fund in 
subsequent years, I now understand 
why we should give to MBC. An- 
nual Fund gifts support student 
scholarships, faculty salaries, build- 
ing and grounds maintenance and a 
variety of other aspects of the day- 
to-day operations of the college. 
Current students depend on our gifts 
just as we depended on Annual Fund 
dollars when we were students. I 
want the college to know that she 
can count on my support for at least 
the next 37 years, which is why I 
have that provision in my will. 
1 hope that I will be here to 
write an annual check to Mary 
Baldwin through the year 2033, so 
that the second provision in my will 
can take effect. An endowed schol- 
arship will ensure that continuous 
funding will be available to deserv- 
ing students. With the current cost 
for one year of tuition, room and 
board at MBC rising to over 

$19,000, it is obvious that scholar- 
ships will become increasingly 
important in the effort to pay for a 
college education. By establishing an 
endowed scholarship, I will be 
helping Mary Baldwin and her 
students for many years to come. 

There are many ways to support 
Mary Baldwin College. 1 encourage 
you to contact Nancy Mclntyre, 
director of special gifts, and discuss 
with her how your estate and Mary 
Baldwin can both benefit from 
planned giving. Nancy can be 
reached at 540-887-7011, 
Development Office, Mary Baldwin 
College, Staunton, VA 24401. 

Charlotte R. Wenger '83 lives in San 
Antonio, TX. She is a research 
associate with the University of Texas 
Health Science Center Medical 
Oncology Department. 

Spring 1996 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Volunteering is a 
Valuable Resource for 
Mary Baldwin College 

by Betsy Mason '69 

Through volunteering at MBC, I help an important part of my past 
prepare for the future. Volunteers' thoughts, ideas and visions provide 
resources as Mary Baldwin creates its "business plan" for the 21st 
century. Currently I travel to Staunton twice a year as a member of 
MBC's Advisory Board of Visitors. The ABV serves as a "think tank" 
that discusses and makes recommendations on timely issues relevant 
to the college. Not only are the ABV meetings interesting, but they 
are also fun. Returning to campus is like going home. I always leave 
the Mary Baldwin campus feeling refreshed, motivated and recharged 
after reconnecting with this important part of my heritage. 

Volunteers are also important to Mary Baldwin's financial well 
being. I enjoy helping the college's capable development staff raise 
money for the Annual Fund. Like many private colleges, MBC tuition 
only covers about 51 percent of the cost of educating a student. Mary 
Baldwin closes this operating gap through annual contributions 
received largely from alumnae and friends. We can all be proud that 
donations to last year's Annual Fund exceeded the $ 1 million mark 
for the second year in a row, setting a new record at $1,138,000. 
Individual giving capacities vary, but I believe all alumnae and friends 
should make annual contributions at a level which makes them feel 
good. Through our pledges, we help shoulder the responsibility for 
Mary Baldwin's present and future fiscal soundness. 

Though volunteering for MBC requires commitment of time and 
capital, the expenditure of these resources provides personal pleasure 
and satisfaction. I find that in the end I receive more than I give. 

Betsy Mason '69 is senior vice president and director of sales for Goodman 
Segar Hogan Hoffler, a commercial real estate company based in Norfolk, 
VA. She is a past member of the Mary Baldwin Alumnae Association 
Board of Directors and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the 
MBC Advisory Board of Visitors . 

Mrs. Charlene Plunkett 
RR ^i Box 127 
Uaynesboro VA 22980 











PERMIT #106 


The Blazard of'96 

^» East Coast buried under snow. 

•1-' A record for January: 36 inches. 

'■I- MBC campus closed; opening of classes delayed. 








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